This tip from RacquetWorld Pats Tip of the Month discusses the importance of keeping your shots from rebounding off the back wall. The No Back Wall tactic is especially important when serving:
I often tell players simply “no back wall”. In short, this means that no ball you hit, drive serve, passing shot, ceiling ball, cross court or even the round-the-world ball, should rebound off the back wall, resulting in a setup shot for your opponent.
In addition, the “no back wall” tactic insures all passing shots (once past your opponent) are winners with no second chance of retrieval via a rebound off the back wall. Passing shots also have a far less chance of skipping compared to other shot choices.
So by adjusting your game towards passing shots, you are also drastically cutting down on your unforced errors. Plus, you put enormous pressure on your opponent when they realize that they must cut off each shot before it goes by them because there is no second chance. A hard hit passing shot is one of the hardest shots for an opponent to redirect accurately which also results in more easy setups for you.
The second bounce of a properly struck ceiling ball should land deep in the court at 39 feet (the back wall is at 40 feet). A ceiling ball which is moving away from the front wall is much more difficult for your opponent to return. Inversely, a ceiling ball that comes off the back wall is easier to handle and allows your opponent to hit a passing shot at knee level.
A well struck ceiling ball should pin your opponent in a back corner with no shot off the back wall. If they attempt to hit a passing shot or kill shot, it is much more likely that they will will skip the ball.
I saved the most important point for last. No back wall on any serve…EVER! Drive serves should be short or aces—bouncing twice before the back wall. Lob serves should never come off the back wall.
So keep the “no back wall” strategy in mind when you play your practice matches. Try to reduce the number of times your shots rebound off the back wall, and especially commit to the idea that drive serves should be short or aces.
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