Chip & Charge Return Progression


This video shows an simple and effective progression for learning how to hit a chip & charge on the return of serve.

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  1. Yan
    May 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm · Reply

    Great tip, thanks, is there progression to teach making selection between chip or tops return. When (slower) chip got killed by opponent poach we regret not hittng topspin return but when we hit topspin out we regret the other way.
    Also like to see lob and drop returns

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm · Reply

      Yan… I typically get into those decision making ideas after a spend a few minutes with the student. What works best for me is to be standing next to my student and helping them decide which returns should have slice and which needed topspin.

  2. Gene Hosford
    May 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm · Reply

    Very interesting. I work mostly with young/beginning players on the local high school team and this is something I will definitely integrate into my drills. One thing I noticed right at the end of the video after Carly(?) hit the second volley, you commented ‘perfect’.
    This brought to mind my own coaching experience on calling any shot/stroke ‘perfect’. I used to use ‘perfect’ just as you did to praise a student for correctly executing a shot/drill. Now I use ‘excellent’ instead of ‘perfect’ if the drill was performed correctly. I changed because I found that some players would take the comment ‘perfect’ as acknowledgment that they have mastered the stroke and need no further practice/improvement. I’m fairly sure that you well know that there is always room for improvement at any level which is why the pros continually practice. This is just a thought that I felt you might find ‘perfectly interesting’.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 6, 2018 at 2:52 am · Reply

      Thanks Gene… make’s sense

  3. Darren Willmot
    May 2, 2018 at 4:42 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,great way to coach the chip and charge

    Darren Willmot

  4. Gerard Stewart
    May 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm · Reply

    I notice that you ‘choke up’ on the racquet handle a lot when you demonstrate. Do you advocate this on returns?

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm · Reply

      Not really… it’s just a habit I have.. but it would be a good thing to try if the player is struggling.

  5. Ray
    May 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm · Reply

    I have a problem in running thru the shot on the way to the net. It will tend to float. With a weak 2nd serve would you suggest a lighter grip? It would seem to me I couldn’t get enough on the ball.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm · Reply

      I think our comes down to mastering the different amount of power coming from the body vs the swing itself. The lighter grip is worth testing to see how it feels.

  6. Le hoang
    December 31, 2015 at 1:31 am · Reply

    Tks so much coacher

  7. Joe
    May 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm · Reply

    Great. The awareness of this let alone the practice should help with my chip and charge game as well as when you’re forced into moving forward and have to do a controlled push of a low ball, which I frequently over play past the baseline.

  8. Don
    May 27, 2015 at 5:55 am · Reply

    This is a great drill. Thanks for all the great tips and drills!!

  9. Scott
    May 27, 2015 at 2:43 am · Reply

    Jorge, you share lots of good easy to understand instruction. A good ex. Is what i got a while back with the split, bounce, hit…saying bounce and hit has really cleared my head as well as my personal promise of hitting through my back had when its the right shot. I play at a 4.5 level, there is a top 4.5 Ive lost too a bunch of time, the last 2 match i only won 4 and 3 games, he beat me down. Well I just beat him for the 1st time using these 2 techniques, i dominated the 1st set tie braker and at 4 all in the 2nd set i lost 1 pt, he said what happen, he was shell shocked! Now I do use WIll Hamiltons FuzzyYellowTennisBall mental training but this was the missing piece of the puzzle! Thank You

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm · Reply

      Awesome Scott… I can’t wait to share with everyone a new course I am preparing titled Building Tennis IQ – it should be available this summer. Congrats on your win.

  10. Phil
    May 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm · Reply

    Excellent way to build a more aggrieve charge. Drills helps reduce the hard hit which sometime goes out. Keep up the drills.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm · Reply

      Thanks Phil… It has been one of my better progressions for helping players.

  11. Jenny
    May 6, 2015 at 7:49 am · Reply

    Great approach to the chip and charge technique! It is a great way to take advantage of a weak serve, particularly if sent back to the opponent’s weak hand.

  12. Curtis
    February 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm · Reply

    Great to revisit this technique while waiting for the snow to melt.
    Sincere thanks,

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