Trouble returning Deep Shots with Pace

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  1. Darkness

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    I play two opponents that go all out and hit deep with pace. If I can sustain a rally for 2-3 balls I can win the point as they seem to get impatient and hit out. However, that is easier said than done. If I hit back a weak shot, they can hit out a winner easily. My opponents are both 4.5 players and strong on either forehand or backhand.

    I am struggling with their deep shots and tend to make a lot of errors with the amount of pace. Both are great servers and bring the heat.

    Should I be moving back from the baseline in rallies? Both are good at drop shots.

    Thanks for the suggestions.:):confused:
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Back up to give yourself time. Consider using the slice off both sides to reduce your own errors and safely handle those shots.
     
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  3. 5263

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    have you learned to hit on the rise?
     
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  4. Power Player

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    This. Both things.
     
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  5. TennisCJC

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    Also, use a shorter backswing on hard deep balls. You don't need as big a swing when all you have to do is redirect the incoming pace.

    Each year at Wimbledon, you will hear pros talk about shortening their swing to handle the faster pace.
     
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  6. Rui

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    If you have a spinny forehand, fatten it out some. That will give your shot more penetration.

    Hit your backhands cross court.

    Only be concerned with drop shots if they are going to hit inside the baseline.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    You gotta get used to their shots, then go for a little more and earlier yourself so you make them fetch for you.
    If you insist on hitting your normal shots, they will continue to pummel you around the court.
    And of course, mix it up with some short angles, some drops, some heavy topspin loopers, and some flatter faster shots.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    The OP implied if he could basically keep the ball in play and not hit too short that he was in the better position to win the point. YOU are suggesting a riskier play by taking it early and being aggressive. This is fine if the OP has Agassi like timing but most of don't.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Can we assume, that word again, that OP is also a 4.5 level player?
    Hitting weaker softer, and more consistent doesn't seem to be working.
    Should maybe he hit harder, more to a corner, mix up some shots, hit high loopys and low skidders?
    Is OP hitting right into his nemesis's sweetspot?
    Is OP hitting his shots right up the middle?
    Change a losing game. He is losing.
     
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