How do i beat a pusher!?!

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  1. Eugene Choi

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    Iam currently ranked 12 and we do challenge matches and the kid above me is a pusher. Ive lost to him twice and just cant beat him what should i do?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Come to net and also bring him to net. Plenty of threads out there on this topic.
     
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  3. Number1Coach

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    is he a moonballer or just gets everything back ? Moonballer just hit one back then immediately move in take next ball out of the air ,, gets everything back learn the dropshot .
     
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  4. valsmokes

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    Work on your out of the air game. Move in and crack a few winners with swinging volleys, verheads etc. That will do the trick. You have got to feel comfortable with hitting the ball without letting it bounce.
     
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  5. BHiC

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    I agree with everything said above, also, when you are both at the baseline, pin him into a corner. Hit everything to one corner (probably backhand), and make him commit the error. A pusher's biggest weapon is their speed, they like to run around a retrieve balls. By keeping him in one corner, you are taking away what a pusher likes to do best. Also, when you get the opportunity ball to take control of the point, it is crucial that you have very specific, safe targets. If you try to hit away from the kid, then you will start spraying balls.

    Hope this helps - Good Luck!
     
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  6. valsmokes

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    Yes that is great advice, pin the pusher to the backhand corner that will give you much more options to work with. Do not rush your shots be patient and you will win.
     
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  7. jigglypuff

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    What scores did he beat you by?
     
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  8. Soianka

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    Yes, and how do the points in your match typically go?

    Do you have any idea of the stats?

    Do you have a lot of winners but a whole lot more errors?

    Are the points long?

    etc etc
     
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  9. Alohajrtennis

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    Stop making errors.

    That's the benefit of playing pushers. Forces you to practice patience and consistency. No way around it.
     
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  10. Tennishacker

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    That's a good mental practice for you, beat them at their own game.
     
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  11. Woolybugger

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    practice against one.
     
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  12. db10s

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    You have to mess with them and give them something different; slice, lots
     
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  13. rptennis

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    Agree 100% and great advice - forces you to work on key groundstrokes fundamentals and stop making errors
     
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  14. ga tennis

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    Cheat,Cheat,and keep Cheating!!!! :)
     
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  15. MarTennis

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    love this advice. Welcome!
     
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  16. Alohajrtennis

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    Hey guys, I think you are way off topic here. You are supposed to be discussing DB. What do you think you guys are doing, all threads are supposed be about DB, please don't pay any attention to the title.
     
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  17. tennis5

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    All threads use to lead to three dead ends:

    DB, hatred of the USTA, and TAUT.

    ( I have always tried to swing it to "College tennis will eventually be all foreigners" with out much luck).

    Will need to update this now and say it leads to four things and include TCF's 8 year old.
     
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  18. tennis5

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    Stay patient and wait for the right shot.
     
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  19. SuzukiSS

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    Don't let the pushing get started! Check out How to beat the Pusher on Virtual Tennis Acadamy.
     
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  20. Eugene Choi

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    When i do a drop shot he also does like a tap back dropshot so makes me come to net and then places away from me D:
     
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  21. Eugene Choi

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    Closest was 6-4 i lost
     
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  22. Eugene Choi

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    Gets everyhing back
     
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  23. Eugene Choi

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    Usually get atleast 2 games on him i get a lot of winners but make a lot of unforced errors
     
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  24. Eugene Choi

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    Ok tnxs guys from now on i will push back and try to hit shots to his backhand since its worse and play consistently.
     
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  25. 10ismom

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    Use the dropshot after you pushed him far behind the baseline or after your deep set up shot.

    You should also move slightly forward after the dropshot to guard against a dropshot return. Learn to volley well against passing shots.
     
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  26. LMK5

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    Patience, patience, and more patience

    I just force myself to be ultra-patient when playing these types of players. You need to make them work and pay the price for their style of play.

    First, tell yourself that every point will be very long so you're mentally ready. Don't give him what he wants, which is easy balls at the baseline--use safe angles. Always realize that the pusher depends on you getting impatient and making the errors. Take that away from him by being more patient then you ever dreamed of. Move the ball around with low risk. Be safe but unpredictable. The opportunity ball will come at some point and you'll have to make a play on it. If you don't, you'll lose the match, which should be the fair outcome, right? If you score on a small majority of your "opportunity balls" you'll likely win the match.
     
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    hopefully that helps you a bit
     
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  29. coaching32yrs

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    Playing a pusher is one of the easiest tasks in tennis. You have to have the ability to move forward. Your opponent is never going to move forward and attack you. So you sit back and exchange ground strokes and wait for the perfect ball to come in behind. When you hit a perfect approach shot- come in. If it's not perfect stay back. If you cannot convert 70% of your approaches with this strategy the problem is not the pusher- it is you. You frontcourt game is very weak. You need 6 months of intensive training on overheads, volleys, half volleys, and positioning.
     
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