Does your play style change for combo teams?
Combo season is starting up for the USTA. Just wondering if people have different strategies for combo vs playing partner of similar level.
- Do you defer any shots to the higher rated player?
- Should you hit to the opponent's weaker player?
- Do you ignore rating and just play?
Just wondering what you guys/gals are thinking....
If I'm the weaker player:
On our serve, I won't poach as much since the other teams stronger player will likely hit harder and with more accuracy. On serve against weaker/equal player I will always try to poach gives us a chance for an easy point and puts the weaker player vs their stronger player out of the picture.
Let the better play rally and hit his money shots and then poach on sitters/floaters.
If I'm the stronger player:
Poach as much as possible with my partner serving.
I always hit to the weaker opponnet when possible and hit to the percieved weaker stroke if possible in USTA league/tornament matches as well as social matches. I want to win whenever I play and by hitting to the weaker side, I give my friends practice on their weaker shot.
Sometimes you can't tell who's the better player when you start so I just go for high percentage shots and we test each person's shots and go from there. Making adjustments is key when playing doubles.
As a captain, I try to partner setters and hitters together or two good net players but never two setters together. As for strategy during play, not much different than normal.
If you've played combo before, you probably already know it's a license to sandbag bc there are no DQ's or dynamic ratings during combo. Last fall playing 7.5 my partner and I got handled pretty good in a match, mostly by one guy that had a 5.0 forehand. After the match, my partner said, wow that guy isn't a 4.0 he is more like at 4.5. I said yeah, he was actually the 3.5 :) the weaker player was the 4.0.
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