Change your position to upset the server.
Generally the server dictates how a point
is to be played by the receiver, so why not change the situation to enable you
to gain the
advantage. If you change your position as receiver, this will start to make the server think more about where they are sending the
ball and this will put more tension on them and upset their rhythm.
Here are some of the options open to you:
A/. If you move further back to receive
the ball, there is a good chance the server will try to serve harder, and this
will give you more
time to move towards the ball and create a better return.
B/. Make the server serve more to your favoured stroke by moving either to the left or the right. Mix it up.
C/. When the server goes to place the ball up, move your position so that the serve comes to your favourite side.
D/. Move in closer than you usually do,
towards the service line and then block the ball back, and therefore taking time
away from the
opponent/s. The server may then try to hit a harder serve and this will introduce more errors.
E/. Start by getting in closer to take
the serve, but as the server places the ball up, move back to the baseline, do a
split step and be
ready control the return back.
Don’t let the server dominate you. Try to give the server the impression that you are in charge and get more quality returns going back.