Which style of play do you use?

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  1. Slippery

    Slippery New User

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    At the club level which style of play do you feel is more successful? A flatter more accurate hitter or a more physical topspin type player. Or should I say which style produces less errors. I know it's a wide open question, but just looking for some opinions. Thanks
     
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  2. ace_pace

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    If I'm desperate to win, I'll push and junkball to victory :)

    TBH, thats all you need for random public matches.

    But otherwise I'm taking a riskier tact, usually going for winners whenever I feel its appropriate.
     
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  3. MasterZeb

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    It depend on what level you are. Of beginner, than just moon balling it because the other player would probably send it Long or send it to the net, but of stronger andHave a good motion, than more flat
     
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  4. colowhisper

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    Somewhere in these archives is a post about player styles at the club level and how to counter them based on the old rock-paper-scissors game. Cliff notes goes like this:
    Rock = Baseliner, counterpuncher
    Paper = Retriever, junkballer
    Scissors = Net rusher, s&v
     
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  5. sjoerdklarenbeek

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    On the recreational / club level, tennis is a game of errors. It is key to reduce your own errors and make your opponent make as many errors as you can.

    I had to change my style of play a bit to create more margin by using a bit more spin and not going for the flat hard shot too often. It gives me better results and increases my confidence. If I can dictate the pace and spread my shots to the side lines I'm really happy.

    Still, I get in trouble when my opponent has an aggressive, fast, yet solid game. My defending shots tend to land mid court and eventually I have to allow winning shots.

    In such matches I am torn between:
    - playing even more conservatively and go for moonballs (with the risk of giving my opponent even more time to play aggressive or smash the ball) or
    - putting more pressure on my opponent by really going for my shots (with the risk of making too many errors).
     
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  6. Fintft

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    That's why I work towards achieving:

    And try to use that style in matches as well, with a long term plan in mind...
     
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    I'd love to be able to play faster and more aggressive, yet my lack of talent limits the amount of aggression I can put into my shots. I can play a pretty consistent game with heavy balls, but some players just seem to like my shots and can take them early and attack the net.
    I should probably work on handling hard-hit shots and get better at sending them back deep enough to avoud mid court shots.
     
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  8. Fintft

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    True and also you might consider striking first? When you say "heavy balls" you mean like Nadal? If so, I prefer to emulate Djokovic who has the confidence that his flat, penetrating shots will push his opponent back....
     
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  9. sjoerdklarenbeek

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    Well not like Nadal LOL but with some spin and margin. Thing is, I lost to a lower ranked player who was hitting aggressively and came in, and who seemed to enjoy my playing style. He certainly played a better match. But perhaps I should have been more dominant by taking the ball earlier, making more aggressive angles, dictating play. The thing is, my trainer has been telling me lately to play a simple game with lots of margin, selecting the simple shots, reducing errors. So perhaps I should have gone for his backhand more often, like my teammates said, but I felt he had a good backhand and he hit quite some winners with it. Perhaps I should have fed him junk balls without any speed. I just can't tell sometimes what strategy is best when I'm on the court. From the sideline it's so much easier! I'm a pretty allrounded player with a decent fitness level, and I could play most styles, I'm just often insecure which style to play!
     
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  10. GoudX

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    It sounds like you need to focus on developing one particular game plan. Having variety is vital, but you need a 'go to' plan that you use the majority of the time, as otherwise you won't be able to deal with players who have perfected a play style. If you develop 2-3 standard gameplans, which take advantage of your style and set of weapons then you will be able to damage every opponent consistently.
     
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  11. hawk eye

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    Hey a dutch guy in this section.. pretty rare I have to say.
    Yes, keeping the ball deep is important especially on the claycourts.
    Ik know all about it, when you hits around the service line it sits up like a duck and then you're toast more often than not.
     
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    Counter Puncher

    I'm a big fan of Counter Puncher's and see this as the most successful style when understood well. Imo it's really a blend of good all-court grinding skills with the ability to strike an attack when the right opportunity appears.
     
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  13. Rock Strongo

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    Short summary: Pass me 19 times and I'll still come in on the 20th.

    Also I hit big and serve big. Not that great as a pure defender but I can (or up until a few years ago, could) run down everything.
     
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    On the Kyrgios/Thiem/Zverev bandwagon!
    Like some other people said, at the rec level (3.0-4.0) consistency beats anything. In juniors however, pure grinders are relatively rare. Guys are strong and fast enough to hit hard consistently. I personally play an aggressive baseline game combined with a good deal of net-play. My general strategy is to get to net behind a big first serve or powerful groundstroke.
     
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  15. GuyClinch

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    My strategy is - hit to the weaker side. My tactic is generally looping topspin shots to the back hand side - but it could be forehand if I was playing some one with a dodgy forehand.

    With flat shots you need to really hit them with some zip to the open court to have it really work.. I think its a harder strategy but useful in doubles - just smack it back down the middle. I don't think either strategy works 'better or worse' its just a matter of finding what works for you..

    Its like Del Portro vs Nadal. Both strategies work fine..
     
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