Doubles Serve-Down the Middle
The strategy in playing quality doubles is more intense than in singles. The reasons are as basic as with more players on the court, the less open space there is to hit into; to the more complex, of thinking ahead on non-put away shots to better position your team to gain the court advantage to win the point.
Holding serve in doubles is the obvious key to winning matches. I don’t think I came up with any brilliant enlightenment there, but let’s discuss placement of the serve to make that hold easier.
Serve down the middle!! I am not saying that an occasional serve out wide is not needed to keep your opponents honest, but for the most part down the middle is strategically the most advantageous. When your serve is angled wide the receiver has many more return options. Remember, for every angle you hit another angle is now created for the opponent. Let’s say you serve it wide to the deuce court, here are your opponent’s return options: 1-straight back to you, 2-an sharp angle back, 3-because the returner was pulled wide the pass up the line is now available, and 4-a lob. Now let’s say you serve up the middle, the return options are: 1-straight back at you, 2-a lob. HALF the options!!!
There is another strategic reason to serve down the middle just as valuable as the last, this one involves your partner. I said last paragraph that a wide serve opens up the return option of down the line past your partner to the alley. With that in play, your partner must slide towards the alley to cover that possibility, leaving the partner covering three feet of the court and you the rest. Not good! The serve down the middle frees your partner up to move a bit more toward the center and poach some weaker returns, resulting in some quick, easy points. Holding serve has just become much easier.
So, down the middle-solves the riddle!
Good Luck-Have Fun!!