In what situations should you stop and get set to play the return rather then advance to the kitchen line?

When you or your partner hit a ——-.
If your return lands ——

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Dec 21, 2017
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Why and When do you stay long to play a return?
by: YesPickleball

Hi John - thanks for your submission. It appears as though you might have an idea of the answer here so let me put my slant to it. Understanding that you don't want to be caught in no-mans-land (mid court), your question in effect asks:

When do you need to stay back from the kitchen line and near the base line?

And the in-part answers that you provide of:

*When you or your partner hit a —— ?
*If your return lands —— ?

could also be combined because irrespective of who hits the ball or where or if the ball lands, the reason you stay back from the
kitchen line (nearer the base line) and by default get set for the return is when your side has hit a less than perfect ball that enables the opposition to make it very
difficult for you to return if you do advance.
This involves ball placement and speed of return which is linked to time available for you to advance.

Such examples would be:

1) If your side hits a volley height return (fast or slow) including a smashable lob,

2) Any return that doesn't give you time to get to the kitchen line,

and

3) Any shot that that enables the opposition to reasonably expect to get a ball past or behind you. - Around the post or lob for example.

Another way to ask and answer this topic would be to say when do you advance to the kitchen line. The answer is as soon as you legally can by playing a shot that gives you the time and the advantage to do so.

This might be a drop shot into the kitchen, a long slow shot to the baseline, a long driving shot to the baseline or any other shot that achieves the same ideal.

Again, thanks for your submission and I trust this answers your question.
Happy Pickling - The YesPickleball team

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