There was a really great post recently about tips on the serve and volley somewhere and I can not find it. Regardless, I loved it and there was a key part that stuck out - "attack the net, commit to getting to the net regardless if you get passed or not". The more I play 4.0s to 5.0s, the more I see that standing back and baselining is why I lose some matches. And it is not because I get outhit, but more so because I choose to stay back and not attack the net as much as possible. As a result, the opportunity for UE's piles up and attackable balls extend the point for the opponent instead of ending it for me. So I went out yesterday and played and practiced with a more advanced pusher type - a guy who hits deep loopers and gets everything back. His backhand is a weakness. I decided that I would attack the net as much as possible. It was a very simple strategy - hit i/o forehands to his backhand, deep and to the corner with a lot of pace and spin. I would run back a little when I saw the high, deep ball coming, and get off the ground and pound the ball into the corner. As soon as I hit that shot I would come to net. My position was near the top of the service box on the deuce side to cover the line. What I noticed was this - just the mere act of me coming to the net caused multiple UE's. I barely had to do anything except come to net. Short balls came right to me, and I was able to put them away with a half volley to the open court. Or he would hit a DTL backhand winner. This was rare. Maybe he hit 2 of those the whole time. Afterwards, he said that just seeing me come to net put a lot of pressure on him and he realized his next shot was going to have to be perfect or he would lose the point. I think attacking the net is still the best way to win at rec tennis. This is not the ATP tour, and frankly you are not going to face many players who can bend the ball down to your feet and hit screaming winners part you. Add to the fact that I just watched Federer win an ATP 500 event utilizing S&V tactics, and I think it is safe to say that the net game will always have a place in tennis. All that aside, the reality is that I am not very good at net yet. I have been a baseliner my while life and grew up watching Agassi play, and copying him. So I still struggle with a few things. The main is aligning the racquet face properly, especially on the forehand side. For some reason I am able to volley rather well utilizing a conti grip on my backhand side, but on my forehand side it feels awkward and I tend to sky the ball into the fence at times. So I HAVE to fix that issue, and am open to any advice there. As for this strategy summarized - think about how many people post about pushers here, and how many times you have lost to someone with lesser strokes who waited on you to give away the match and just got everything back. Why did you sit back and allow this to happen? They have lesser strokes - EXPOSE THAT. Get to the net and make them hit real shots that are past their ability. Don't sit back and baseline them all day when the reality is that they can and will get everything back until you dump one or hit long trying to get too aggressive.