"Pusher" ... Playing This (Dreaded) Opponent

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  1. Mick

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    counter puncher would construct the point. He would move the ball around and look for an opening to win the point.

    pusher does not construct the point. He would just push the ball back and wait for his opponent to make an error.
     
  2. Moveforwardalways

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    No. That is what a baseliner does - serve and then try to construct a point. A counter puncher just keeps hitting it back until the other player messes up, whether that means getting out of position and leaving the court open or making an error.
     
  3. Mick

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    From "The Six Playing Styles Described" by Kaptain Karl

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=58284

    3 - Counter Punching players are always looking for the opportunity to *instantly* switch from safe defensive tennis ... to ripping winners. They can “change gears” with a single shot. Their passing shots are “thread the needle” accurate against those playing Attack the Net. Their drop-shots and lobs are deadly. Counter Punchers can detect and exploit the baseliners’ inadvertent openings ... and end the point with one “high risk” down-the-line winner ... or fool you with a short-angle inside-out forehand winner.

    Opponents playing both Attack the Net and Baseline tennis are fooled into thinking “He can’t keep that up the whole match.” When do these opponents realize their error? Unfortunately, when -- befuddled -- they are shaking hands at the net and congratulating the Counter Puncher on a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
     
  4. Moveforwardalways

    Moveforwardalways Semi-Pro

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    Ok, so a "semi-pusher" then.
     
  5. DanFuller

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    I played and beat a pusher on Monday night. I'd struggled against this guy before but mainly focused on three things.

    Deep low returns which had little or no top spin forcing him to have to chip high short returns
    Target his backhand. Even when I had a lot of open court I went hard into that corner. Harder to lob it back with that stroke.
    Improve first serve percentage. I took a bit off my serves and served more body serve making him have to avoid being hit or just leave a short ball for me.
     
  6. DanFuller

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    Make sure you seal it with a kiss
     
  7. zaph

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    I admit it, I admire pushers, however anoying I find them. A good pusher somehow manages to shrink the court the other side of the net to size of a postage stamp.

    Constantly digging dying balls from the centre of the court, knowing a rubbish shot will lead to lob over your head. Too difficult for me, give me a ball basher any day. Much less work.
     
  8. Flatballs

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