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Master Doubles with 4 Winning Strategies

Master doubles with Demi Schuurs

Do you want to elevate your doubles game? Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, understanding the intricacies of doubles strategies can make a difference on the court. In this blog post, we delve deeper into four key strategies that can help you dominate in doubles, regardless of your level.

1. Communication is crucial

One aspect that is often overlooked is communication between doubles partners. For every point, it's essential to collaborate on a game plan. This begins with deciding where to aim your service—whether it's out wide or down the T. By coordinating with your partner (this can be through signals), the chance of a successful volley increases. Remember, effective communication can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Additionally, your partner may not be performing at their best. In that case, it's your job to assist them, not just by playing well but by communicating and encouraging effectively.

2. Be the baseline rock

As a baseline player, your role is crucial in creating opportunities for your net player. Instead of going for flashy winners, focus on delivering stable cross-court shots that put pressure on your opponents. By being a reliable presence at the baseline, you create openings for your partner to exploit at the net. Consistency is key, and your partner will appreciate your efforts and hopefully finish the points at the net.

3. Come to the net together

Doubles matches are often decided at the net, so don't hesitate to move forward as a baseline player to form a wall at the net together. While it may take some time to adjust to a more aggressive net game, the reward is worth it. By moving forward with your partner, you apply pressure on your opponents, putting them in difficult situations and, most importantly, time constraints. Remember, the more comfortable you become at the net, the more opportunities you create to finish points. Additionally, increased pressure often leads to errors from your opponents.

4. Timing is everything with net interventions

Knowing when to execute a poach at the net can make all the difference. Instead of blindly jumping in, wait for the right moment.

But when is that?

Firstly, you want to see that your opponent is in trouble. And secondly, you make your move towards the middle just before your opponent makes contact with the ball.

By being proactive at the net and anticipating your opponent's shots, you can effectively disrupt their game plan and take control of the point. Keep an eye out for opportunities to poach and be ready to strike when the time is right.

By applying these four strategies in your doubles game, you're well on your way to success on the court.

With dedication and practice, you can elevate your doubles game and emerge as a winner against any opponent.

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