One of the biggest misconceptions we have when we transition up to net behind either our serve or return of serve is that we have to get all the way up to and even inside the service line so that we avoid at all costs having to play a shot in between our baseline and our service line.
For example, unless you have a very slow serve combined with a returner who stands well back behind their baseline to return your serve, there’s just not enough time for you to sprint from your baseline after you serve and get up inside your service line and do so on balance when you receive the returner’s shot.
You’re going to have to split step almost a step or two after your serve so that you can react to the direction of the return.
In fact, I prefer to play my transitional shot further back from the net IF I can be on balance rather than playing it closer to the net and have to be off balance.
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