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Rally point scoring affects singles strategy in other ways. In general, rally point scoring makes play more conservative. Risky or poorly executed shots cause you to not only lose the rally but also lose a point. Perhaps the most risky shot in singles is hitting a return that is de-signed to just barely clear the net. If this shot is hit a little too short, you lose a point. However, if you hit the return with excessive height over the net, you give your opponent an easy put away shot. In general, rally scoring favors a player who consistently hits clear shots near the back boundary line. If you clear to within a foot of the back line, you have more time and your opponent will be less able to make an ef-fective return. A player must adjust his or her target further inward when hitting returns to the extreme corners of the court. A smash directed at the sideline may go wide, causing the loss of a point, while a smash targeted to within a foot or so inside the sideline provides more margin of error for the shot maker.MisstepYour serve and return of serve are not consistent and produce too many errors. You have difficulty scoring points.CorrectionVary the speed and placement of your serve and return of serve. Mix in some short, drive, or flick serves as a change of pace. Try not to let your opponent get comfortable with your serve.
133Tactics and StrategiesDoubles Strategy Under Rally Point ScoringIn doubles if you win the toss, what should you elect to do? Serve, receive, or take a side? The strategy is the same as in singles and for the same reason. Your first choice is to take the bad side. Your second choice is to receive serve. You should never elect to serve first.In doubles, a team must designate who will start in the odd and even courts. If your team is serving first, you maximize your team’s chances of winning points by having your best server start the match from the even side. If your team is receiving the serve during the initial rally of the game, there are two schools of thought. The first thought is to put your best service receiver in the even court. This strategy gives you the best chance of winning the initial rally. Another starting strategy for the receiving team is to place their better server in the odd court. The player on the receiving team in the odd court will be the first player to serve for the receiving team once they win a rally. By having the better server in the odd position, you maximize the scoring opportunities for the receiving team.Rally scoring has little effect on the style of play in doubles. Successful doubles players should attempt to complement each other. Dou-bles teams either win together or lose together. They work in tandem, attempting to set up each other for a smash or putaway. Shots are often directed at an opponent’s body or between play-ers. This creates some indecision as to which op-ponent will make the return. Aggressive returns or shots directed toward the sideline may cause an error or a wide return. This results in auto-matic points for the opposing team. Perhaps the