|Float that serve out wide like a butterfly,|
then sting like a bee with your second shot
- Setting up some targets about a foot inside the singles line and 3 feet inside the service line on the deuce court. In other words, give a comfortable margin of error.
- Use a slice serve on the deuce side, brushing the '3 o'clock' position on the ball.
- On the ad side, use a kick serve to accomplish same (brushing up from 7 o'clock to 1 o'clock).
- To add the '2' to the punch you will either need a partner returning serve or a coach or partner feeding a second ball to simulate the return. Either way, practice putting this ball far from your opponent, who should be busy recovering position from your out-wide serve.
This is an admirable goal for our advanced beginners and up, but what about the young beginners?
- Stick with the 1-2 theme.
- Have them serve to an out-wide target, then toss them the second ball for down-the-line. If they are having trouble serving, do the entire exercise with them tossing to targets rather than hitting/serving.
Consider point play with one point awarded each time BOTH balls are on target. Want an even more competitive aspect? Add a second player receiving the 'serve'. Server gets one point for each ball he/she gets past receiver. Receiver gets one point for each ball he/she catches after one bounce. First to X wins.