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How to Return HARD Serves

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  1. Joseph Martin August 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Ian, good ideas, and while I haven't tried them out, really respect you for giving a shout out to to Tomasz at Feel Tennis. He has helped me out over the years so many ways, and it's a true professional like you who would give props where due.

  2. Renee August 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks! Great ideas now to execute!

  3. Diana G November 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    OMG….so much more fun now–bring on the hard serves!! It works–stay clam!!

  4. Sudha October 31, 2016 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Your videos are really helpful. I would like to know if stepping across while playing forehand should be prevented? Thanks!

  5. Sudha October 30, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Hey! While playing forehand should stepping across be prevented and is it necessary to keep our eyes fixed on the ball while hitting?

  6. Félix October 29, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Excellent lesson
    Thanks Ian

  7. Dan Holcomb October 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for acknowledging Tomas M. for his instruction . His and your contribution to tennis is immeasurable. You both are heroes to millions of us.

  8. vasu October 28, 2016 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Your forehand return for a hard serve is OK. Problem is the back hand return for a hard serve- especially from a left hander to a right hander. Thanks.

  9. Richard Hadlock October 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply


  10. Brian October 27, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks Ian,
    We hear "keep it compact" on returning fast first serves, but that really is only half of the story (compact backswing). When we were in Cincinnati this year, I was amazed how how non-compact the follow through swings were. The guys have amazing short backswings but huge extension on the forward swing with a very flat, stable racket face and firmer grip on the returns, oven without even releasing the head at all. Granted us amateurs aren't facing 145 MPH serves, but would you recommend having long extension without releasing the head as a more advanced version, or more like this video with a full follow through?

  11. Rodolfo October 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Great lesson. After many years playing tennis I reached the same conclusion you presented in your video and it has been very useful for my game. Thank you for your excellent videos. I am learning a lot from them!!!