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How (and when) to Serve & Volley for Easy Points

Pat Rafter just put his 4th free video lesson online.  He teaches us how to serve and volley... like a BOSS!
Earlier Pat taught you how to turn your serve into a consistent and reliable weapon by hitting a kick serve.  Today you will learn how to back that serve up by coming to net for easy points.
You don't want to hit a great serve but then take your foot off the gas.  Why get into a rally when you can end the point in the next few shots?
Here's the link:
As always, I am interested in what you think about his instruction and look forward to reading your comments below.
P.S. Pat's advice on how to move to the net was unexpected.  Something I hadn't heard before, so I suspect the same will be true for you.
NEW: Serve & Volley... like a BOSS  [update 5/3/2013 - free videos are no longer available]
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Comment by Takaya T on April 30, 2013 at 12:42pm

Mr. Mayor,

I surely hope so. It just gives the game so much more fun. It used to be such a pleasure to watch a good net player vs. a good baseliner. You never knew who would prevail and come on top. It would be nice to see pros to have this strategy and mentality in the back pocket, at least. In the classic 1988 US Open Men's Final, Mats Wilander dethroned the king by persistenly going to the net and got his ultimate reward.


Comment by Mark / The Mayor on April 30, 2013 at 11:36am

Got to love Brad Gilbert for spreading the word and retweeting about this:

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on April 30, 2013 at 8:21am

@Takaya I think it is bound to happen on some level - I don't think we will every have all the top players in the sport playing the S&V but I truly think that a couple of die-hards will make their way to the top in the next few years.  But more importantly, I think we will see more players use it as a weapon in their arsenal. 

I S&V about once every 8 service points and usually it is a good way to win a free point and surprise my opponent.  It also keeps them guessing and pressures their return.  I win some non-S&V points because they are trying to do too much with their return.

Comment by Takaya T on April 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

I really hope this classic and elegant style of tennis will make a comeback sometime in the near future.

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