Partnering Questionnaire – Example
You are under attack after your own poor second serve, and the receiver has returned the ball cross court deep into your corner and taken the net – among your options – what is the percentage play that you should select and that your partner should anticipate?
- Drive it up the line
- Dip it cross court
- Lob up the line
- Lob cross court
You lob your return up the line in the deuce court, the opponents switch with the server retrieving the ball in the back court and the net player crosses. How should you and your partner reposition and what should you expect?
- Remain one up and one back, ready for anything
- Follow your lob to the net expecting a weak backhand lob
- If you are both at the net which of you shades slightly deeper?
What is the most common mistake the opponents make in the above lobbing scenario?
- The net person crosses but positions close to the net
- The server drives the ball with an offensive shot from a defensive position
- Neither player chases the ball because the net player does not say yours, but hopes or assumes their partner can read his/her mind
- (Answer – all of the above)
Two Against One – the ultimate tactical advantage
You can create this play with a cross court approach – note – not with anything down the line, but rather a cross court approach that bounces deep and lands “in front” of your net partner
Wall to the Ball – many ways to hit the ball, here is the simplest
Try McEnroe’s technique – move to and through the ball rather than a technique driven volley
Now on to the Bryan Brothers
As you build your skills when serving, when returning, when at the net on offense, and when at the net on defense – the game of “real estate” that Will Hamilton likens to Monopoly will become easier, more fun, and lets not overlook winning a bit more than usual. Bob and Mike show you the skills in each of the 4 starting positions.
Free Video Lessons with Bob & Mike Bryan
These guys know the game, they know how to partner, and they understand both offensive and defensive tactical situations.
Grand Slam Champions Bob & Mike Bryan, in partnership with Will Hamilton, show you the tricks of the trade in a free 3-part video series. Here’s where you can sign up to watch it for free right now.
P.S. I Am pretty sure Will is pulling these down on Monday, so don't miss out.