Flat hitters

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by NeverQuits, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. NeverQuits

    NeverQuits New User

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    How do you win against a flathitter who has a lot of power and who gets the ball in? :confused:
     
  2. snoflewis

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    hit w/ topspin....around shoulder height or higher would probably help you. the flat hitters i played generally like to take low balls, but when i hit higher topspin balls (maintaining pace still), it was much harder for them to hit.
     
  3. peter

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    I'm a flat hitter and I love high balls hit to my forehand... :)

    My recommendation: mix it up - and especially alternate deep hard topspin shots with short low-bouncing slices - it'll be hard for a hard flat hitter to keep that ball inside the court when rushing forwards to get to the short ball.

    (Avoid short high-bouncing ones though :)
     
  4. WayneCM

    WayneCM Semi-Pro

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    After sufferin against flat hitters these tactics and shots i have found effective:
    1. Force them 2 come in on short balls they have less margin 4 error
    2. Keep the ball low
    3. Chip and charge

    These have worked well 4 me thus far...
     
  5. Bagumbawalla

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    WayneCM, above, has the right idea. A flat hitter has less margin for error than somene with topspin. They rely on gravity and accuracy to keep the ball in court. They are not good with sharp angles.

    Hitting low slice, mid court, forces them to hit up and (usually) reduce speed, possibly add topspin, possibly half-volley it back.

    Come to the net. Cover the angles. Bop the rising ball back into the open court.

    This is basically how Ashe beat Conners at Wimbledon
     
  6. travlerajm

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    Moonball from 10 feet behind the baseline (unless he likes to come to net).
     
  7. Duzza

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    Short, low, slices, i hate them.
     
  8. Duzza

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    Oh and angles, flat hitters are usually not as good runners.
     

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