Break Back With Virginia Tennis | STACK
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...

Break Back With Virginia Tennis

November 1, 2008 | Featured in the November/December 2008 Issue

Topspin, flat and slice—three different serves that will turn you inside out if you’re caught flat-footed on the tennis court.

If you’re constantly on the receiving end of aces, it’s time to fine-tune your game with the help of University of Virginia coach Brian Boland.

Here, Boland serves up some tips for setting up and returning an opponent’s serve.

Ready Position
•    Wide-base stance, feet just beyond shoulders
•    Racket out in front of your body in a comfortable position
•    Eyes on the ball

Boland: Having your eyes on the ball means seeing the ball as it leaves the hand of the server. You want to start having that visual effect early.

The Serve
•    Start moving forward once the toss goes up
•    Get into a split-step stance when the ball is struck

Boland: Everything’s out in front, you’re moving forward, and you want to go forehand or backhand.

The Return
•    Move forward into shot
•    Turn and push off your outside foot to shorten backswing
•    Keep your wrists firm on the follow through for forehand and backhand returns

Boland: You do not want to have a big backswing. The serve is hit with some force. The bigger the backswing, the less control and accuracy you have.

Topics: TENNIS
Advertisement
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...

NB Unlaced With Evan Longoria Part 1: The Art of Hitting

Related Content

Man-to-Man Coverage

Man-to-Man Coverage

If you’re looking to build your man-to-man coverage skills, you’ve come to the right place. Shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders and...

Author: Zac Clark
Utah Jazz Shooting Drill

Utah Jazz Shooting Drill

Spotting the hardwood player who has the courage to demand the ball in clutch situations—then sink the game-winner with ease...

Author: STACK Staff

Three-Phase Goalkeeper Drill

TRX Power Step Goalkeeper Drill

Training Centers

FIND A STACK VELOCITY SPORTS
PERFORMANCE LOCATION NEAR YOU

Connect

Advertisement

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be the fittest you ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes