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I have recently been working a lot on twiddling and returning serves on my FH side with LP - utilising a side swipe motion.
My observation is that this works really well for short serves. I am able to generally keep the returns low and deep, and sometimes fast. This causes problems to most opponents, and even the top players at my club have trouble doing much with the third ball.
My problem is when they get wise to my tactic and mix in some fast long serves to my FH when they see me twiddling. I find with the LP I tend to pop up my returns. Is there a good way to return fast serves to the FH with LP that makes the third ball as uncomfortable as possible for the server?
This can be a really awkward ball. I think the main thing is to not push the ball back because it then opens up the rally for the server.
Even rolling the ball or playing an attacking shot would be better. It is not an easy shot to play but you don’t have to play it often.
Do you keep your racket under the table when returning? This will help with the disguise.
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