Challenge: Deep Server (Lob)
A deep serve makes it harder for returners to establish themselves at the non-volley zone. At a minimum it means they have farther to move in order to get there. And hitting deep with a high, slow serve can disrupt the returner’s timing as well as get them to overthink their shot.
Goal: To be able to hit high, slow serves that land within 5ft of the baseline.
Purpose: To develop a consistent serve that makes it difficult for the returner to do what they want with the ball.
Method: Place a pylon or other object 5ft from the baseline on both the odd and even courts. From the opposite baseline, serve a high, slow ball and attempt to land it between the pylon and baseline. Hit 10 serves from each court and record how many land in the target area.
Equipment: A basket of balls or a partner who will send the ball back after it is served. Pylons or other objects.
Adaptations: Make the challenge harder by placing the pylon closer to the baseline. Make it easier by moving it farther from the baseline. Make the challenge harder by hitting the serve higher.
Notes: While this serve isn’t going to ‘blow anyone off the court’ the height, depth and potential change in rhythm from your regular serve can make it tricky for opponents. Be aware of wind conditions when using this serve.