November 11, 2017
In Brad Gilbert's book, Winning Ugly, he mentions that the serve and volley player is the only type of player that there are no defenses for if they are playing well. This should put things in perspective of how effective it can be. It also is intimidating to do it so having a well versed education on the serve and volley will help. Let's begin!
Why It's Effective
With racquet technology making it easier than ever to hit a hard ball from the baseline, the game has transitioned to a baseline to baseline exchange for the majority of rallies. We forget that the the racquet technology also gives more power on serves, allowing for weak returns to be put away into the open court via a volley. This also is a great strategy to keep your opponent from getting to comfortable on the return of serve. By mixing in serve and volleys, you are able to put more pressure on their returns and not allow them to just block the ball back.
When To Implement It
As mentioned before, using it as a surprise tactic can keep your opponent on guard. You can also use it when you see a return pattern that you can exploit. For example if your opponent chips the ball back on the backhand every time, you can come in and have a easy floater to take advantage of. This will also make your opponent try to come over the ball on the return, prompting more return errors and free points for you. Lastly, if you are getting tired during long points, this can help shorten points up and allow you to stay fresh on the court for a longer period of time.
Serve And Volley Training
One thing I do not recommend is to just start serving and volleying during your upcoming matches. It takes some time to get this down. In fact,