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Yesterday, I played someone who regularly gave me a half long backspin/sidespin serve. The problem I have with half long serves is that I find they are too long to push short, and not long enough to play an aggressive shot off. All the signs of a good serve!
If I pushed the ball, it went long, because the service itself wasn't short enough. If I tried to play an aggresive shot, it was normally weak because I didn't have enough control on the ball because it didnt come long enough. Any ideas what I can do to try and play an effective shot of this serve? Luckily, I am playing this player again tomorrow in a league game, so I can try again with those serves!
You are right this can be a really effective serve. The best thing is to improve your short ball off this half long ball. It is more difficult but not impossible to do. Again it is a matter of having a really relaxed hand. Push for the top of the net and take the ball as early as you can off the bounce. You can also try flicking if the ball sits up a little higher.
Between these two shots you will start to win some of the points. This will put a little more pressure on the server and hopefully force a few shorter or longer serves to come your way.
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