The Importance of a Return of Serve Routine

Sep 21, 2020 | Stroke Analysis

Many times I’m down at the courts and I see players practising their Ground Strokes, Volleys and Serves but neglecting to practise their Return of Serve.
When playing matches your first priority is to hold your serve but if your Return Game is poor, you will never get a look in on your opponent’s serve and the best result for you can hope for is being taken to a tie-break. Tie-breaks can essentially become a lottery and you don’t want to be in a lottery every time you play – you want the match played on your terms more often than not. To achieve this and to have a greater chance of breaking your opponents serve you MUST have an effective Return of Serve Routine!

Vital Elements

An effective Return of Serve Routine contains these three vital elements:

  1. It gets you moving into the ball (Moving forward into the court)
  2. By moving forward it helps you to take the Ball Earlier
  3. (Taking the ball earlier) Enables you to take time away from your opponent

Summary

Next time you’re down at the courts make sure you take time to practise your Return of Serve Routine. If you don’t have one, trial both routines that are shown throughout this video and determine which feels most comfortable for you. The more you practise the more automatic the routine will become which will bring you more success when you’re returning serve!