Many of the singles players UC Berkeley Hall of Fame Coach Jan Brogan works with share a “glaring weakness,” one that she says has “nothing to do with their strokes.” In this week’s tip, Coach Brogan discusses singles recovery positions.
Coach Brogan notes that after being pulled out wide, many players automatically return to the center hash mark. Doing so expends “a tremendous amount of energy,” she says. In all likelihood, if you return a ball that’s been hit out wide to the deuce side of the court, the safest shot for your opponent to hit will be crosscourt over the lowest part of the net. Returning to the middle of the court, then, makes little sense.
So what should be your recovery location? If you hit the ball crosscourt from the right side of the court, return approximately three to four feet to the right of the center hash mark. In this video, Coach Brogan also shares where to recover when hitting to the middle of the court or down the line in this easy-to-implement tip.