The most aggressive team usually wins?

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  1. SuzukiSS

    SuzukiSS New User

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    New to the forum but have been involved with USTA league tennis for a while and have an observation. It seems the most aggressive teams are who end up winning at the state levels and bigger local levels. To win against 20 other teams at any level your team is going to have to play to win instead of just playing steady. Wondered if anyone else had this observation?
     
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  2. floridatennisdude

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    Play as aggressively as you can while minimizing errors and you'll perform at your maximum. Whether it is good enough to win depends on your opponents aggression threshold.
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

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    Welcome, Suzuki!

    I don't know if the most aggressive players win at the state or playoff level. It's kind of a complex question.

    On the one hand, being aggressive in doubles (taking the net, driving the ball) will surely win more matches than being conservative (lobbing, staying back).

    Until it doesn't. :)

    What I would say instead is that the most versatile team usually wins. The more strategies/shots you can execute consistently, the more you can turn the tables on your opponents and move them to Plan B or Plan C.

    It is getting to the point where not a match goes by when I don't have to use almost every tool I have. When I partner with someone who only has one set of tools, I find this intensely frustrating.

    That said, I think it is a mistake at the lower levels to try to win all the time with passivity and consistency. I say this because you have to learn to finish points, be aggressive. Once you know how to do this, it is easy to dial back your aggression and play it safe when warranted. If you never learn to finish points, you can't suddenly turn up the heat if you've never learned.
     
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  4. SuzukiSS

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    Great response Cindy! I think both of our points stress that you must be able to dictate play and pressure the other team. I agree so much that the more tactics you are able to implement the more you will win even at the 2.5 level. I always stress to my players that strategy #1 should be to see if your opponents will lose if do play "just consistent". I have over the last 15 years seen that you can win most matches by playing conservative during the regular season but if you advance you have to beat the other team. By beating the other team I mean forcing and pressuring them to miss, not necessarily hitting winners.
     
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  5. ctromano

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    be smart controlled aggression is hard to conjure up when you need it most. spin is your friend always I say.
     
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    Aggression only works if you have the tools to apply them.
    Don't expect too many fancy shots in 3.5-4.0 level tennis.
     
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  7. Staidhup

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    So lets say controlled aggression, forcing the other team to make the extra shot, spreading the court, capitalizing on each opportunity, and taking control of the net is key?
     
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  8. GameSetMatchWin

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    well said cindy! Aggression won't always win if you have a one track playing style
     
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    The better team winds, aggressive or passive.
     
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  10. jc4.0

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    Don't listen to those who prescribe "lobbing and staying back" and playing defensively like a backboard.

    Aggressive, smart, versatile, athletic players will always win more than the pushers. Do you want to be a good tennis player, or just flop the ball back across the net? Play hard, have fun and continue to develop your game - don't just hit duck balls back into the court and hope your opponent makes a stupid error.

    If you want to progress, you'll need to be both aggressive and good at defense; otherwise you'll be stuck at 3.0 or 3.5 forever.
     
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  11. Cindysphinx

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    Speaking of one-track and adjusting and suchlike . . .

    I played a match last night. We crushed them in the first set. We crashed the net, poached, hit overheads and generally terrorized our opponents. If it was even a little higher than the net, we were all over it hitting screaming volley and overhead winners with all the pace we could muster. 6-1.

    In the second set, our smart opponents adjusted. Their adjustment was they tried to hit every shot as a short slice, preferably one with lots of angle. This shouldn't be a problem for us, but it was. The reason was that we have something of a one-track playing style. Blasting from the baseline and blasting when the ball is above net level is one thing. Trying to blast a low transition ball causes you to fall behind 2-5 in the second set, cut to ribbons by your own transition errors and general lack of patience.

    We pulled it out in the set tiebreak, so the more aggressive team did win in the end. Barely.
     
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