When I’m serving in doubles, I want my partner to feel as if they are a MAJOR influence on the quality (or lack of quality) of the opponent’s return of serve.
I don’t need my partner to be poaching on every return of serve and knocking off a winner, but I do want him/her to at least show some kind of movement to distract the returner’s visual landscape.
As the server’s partner, I like to “show” the fake poach in the first couple of service games on every serve to let that returner know that I’m here and that I’m trying to help my partner, especially if my partner doesn’t own a Federer like serve.
A fake poach can add force that returner to slow down their swing speed just enough so that their return of serve isn’t as big and as tough to handle for my serving partner’s transitional shot.
Once the fake poach has been established, you’ll have a better understanding for the timing of the real deal, a poach, depending on your partner’s serve type and where the returner likes to receive serve.
Here’s a video that features top 60s player Tony Dawson as the server’s partner …
“Doubles – Why & When To Be Where On The Court”
A Doubles Strategy “Chalk Talk” Course by Brent Abel
You and your partner are playing the deciding league match for your team, and in fact, this match will determine whether or not your team gets to go to the section playoffs…
It’s come down to match point with you returning serve, and as the “feeder”, you set up your partner, your partner is now the “attractor”, and guess what, once again you handle that big serve and set up your partner, your partner moves to the middle, and the put away couldn’t be any easier…
Your teammates are high five-ing each other and rushing the court to get to you for a total team congrats…
This is a 21 video chapter course that will teach you (and hopefully your favorite doubles partner too!) when and why to be where on the court so that you and your partner can maximize your court coverage and put yourself into the best position to play winning shots.
Here’s Chapter 16 – Follow The Ball
Click here to get more information and to pick up this course.
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