More comfortable at baseline or net?

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Where do you play under pressure?

  1. Net

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  2. Baseline

    50.0%
  3. Depends (please explain)

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  1. TeamOB

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    Say you are at 6-6 in the third set tiebreak against a player of similar ability. How would you want to play the point, staying at the baseline or coming to net?
    I would rush the net. Under pressure, I feel a lot better at the net then at the baseline. I typically hit with lots of RHS, so if I'm a little tight I can start shanking groundies left and right. I find volleys and overheads much easier to execute under pressure then groundies. I also feel that many opponents are uncomfortable passing on a big point. Under pressure, they have a tendency to overcook passing shots or hit short lobs (It's hard to lob well when tight). What do you do?
     
  2. movdqa

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    It depends. You learned about the other guy for three sets. Did you come into the net a lot earlier on? Would coming into the net be a surprise now or would he expect it because you come to the net on important points? If you don't use it often, then you have the element of surprise and just him looking up at you may throw off his stroke.

    I'm comfortable at both the baseline and net and try to get to the net for every point in doubles. That said, if the other guy (singles) has good passing shots and I'm 0 for 12 on trips to the net, I will come in sparingly.

    As we say in trading: do more of what works and less of what doesn't.
     
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    That was quite the point. Talk about patience and stamina.
     
  5. Lukhas

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    Depends. I like to transition forward and will try to approach. Sometimes I also like to get to the net when my opponent isn't looking just for the surprise. However, I don't "plan" to go to the net and may very well stay on the baseline. I go when I can and when the conditions are met in order to shorten the point, but I'm not likely going S&V or chip 'n charge (unless the conditions are good). I try not to do what I can't do.
     
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  6. Ballinbob

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    Under pressure I go into pusher mode and loop everything back. I'm trying to become more aggressive and come to the net when i can
     
  7. KineticChain

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    I'm a baseliner.. but if I feel too threatened during a close match.. I'll try anything to throw off the opponent. Even if it's the dreaded volleying.
     
  8. winstonlim8

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    If I'm serving, I'll serve into my opponent's body and rush in. If I'm receiving, I'll play a flat-slice or sidespin shot deep to his backhand and come in behind it.

    The only reason for me to stay back would be if my opponent had a very good serve that I couldn't attack immediately or a return that would make it difficult for me to volley easily.
     
  9. TeamOB

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    Dude, unreal point:shock::shock:. Who is the dude in white? Did you end up beating him? Your groundies actually remind me of my own. We have pretty similar form, except I am not nearly as comfortable moving and grinding.
     
  10. hawk eye

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    Yes. great rallying. The way you keep hitting your BH all the time with good margin and spin, also off difficult balls I find impressive in particular.
    Plus, there's nothing wrong with a good grind. Wish I could do only half of that..
     
  11. rkelley

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    Depends on the opponent and the situation. Generally I'm always looking for opportunities to move forward, but I'm not going to force something that's not there. Depending on the opponent I'll be more or less aggressive in making that happen.
     
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    The guy I was playing was Simon Gunter from Harvard Westlake in Studio City and I won 4-6, 6-0, 10-7. He's solid with actually a better lefty backhand than forehand. It was quite a grind though!
     
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    Man, I feel gassed just watching that point. Wow :shock: Great play from both you you.
     
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    Cheetah if you're watching that video, I will do that all day when we play ! :twisted:
     
  15. Sir Shankalot

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    Depends. I am more comfortable at the net but I have to get there in the first place. My strategy is generally to pound away from the baseline, wait for the short ball, and then come in and finish off the point. If my opponent is much weaker than me then generally he will make an error and finish the point for me before I come to the net. If he is stronger then the short ball never comes and so I don't come into the net and lose the point through an error of my own. If we are well matched then the net rushing thing happens a lot.
     
  16. North

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    The net. I am more comfortable there and it makes the point much shorter. I know, from keeping track of how I win points, that the shorter the point is the more likely I will win that point. So.... it's the net for me.
     
  17. zaph

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    Baseline, aways the baseline. I hate being pulled up the court, because I like to play defensive, hate being forced into hitting a winner, and that is what you have to do when you have been pulled forward.

    It is a thousand times worse when it comes to doubles, I find it very hard to volley from a standing start, especially if my partner has a duff serve.

    I can deal with the short ball, I get hit big forehands close to the net, have a decent slice, can even pull off the odd volley. I have even served vollyed on occassions, but I still prefer playing from deep.
     
  18. LeeD

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    I'm a sprinter, not a long distance guy.
    I hardly ever try to grind out a point.
    So, being weak and old, it's net play for me.
     
  19. torpantennis

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    I hate approaching the net during tight situations. No surprise, I've had some devastating 20-30 stroke points at the critical moments! I tend to approach the net the most at the start of the matches.
     
  20. cjs

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    I'm a baseliner. When things get tight I play percentages and make the opponent beat me by reverting to my bread and butter shots.

    I always feel like things are out of my control at the net. Sometimes I win points there, sometimes I get passed, but I really don't like the feeling of giving the opponent the opportunity to finish the point.
     
  21. movdqa

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    I can understand the baseliner's perspective as I have come to the net far less over the years in singles. Part of that is that my groundstrokes have improved a lot but part of it is because everyone's groundstrokes have improved [at least the people that I play against]. The odds just favor the baseline more today.

    That said, there can be opportunities to come in when the odds are moderately better than even of winning the point at the net. I am perfectly comfortable at the net, but the odds aren't as good as they used to be.
     

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