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dlam 11-03-2012 01:54 PM

Offensive vs Defense
 
Do you consider yourself an offensive tennis player or more of a defensive specialist with most of your strokes?

LeeD 11-03-2012 02:01 PM

All. Every match is different, different players, different skill sets, different guys playing well and poorly.
Since I can't run, I tend to play offense, so I don't have to run and fetch for the other guy.

OrangePower 11-03-2012 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by dlam (Post 6992849)
Do you consider yourself an offensive tennis player or more of a defensive specialist with most of your strokes?

Offensive. And much too stubborn about it for my own good. There are times when I would get better results by dialing it back a little bit - like when I'm not making my shots, instead of just continuing to go for it, the smart play is to be a bit more conservative and play myself into form. But, I am too stupid / stubborn for that :-)

Cindysphinx 11-03-2012 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by OrangePower (Post 6992896)
Offensive. And much too stubborn about it for my own good. There are times when I would get better results by dialing it back a little bit - like when I'm not making my shots, instead of just continuing to go for it, the smart play is to be a bit more conservative and play myself into form. But, I am too stupid / stubborn for that :-)

I play doubles, so offense.

Indeed, I rarely lose a point by going for too little on my shots. :)

LeeD 11-03-2012 03:30 PM

When I go for "too little", I'm allowing the opponents to take the upper hand and control the point.
When I go for "too much", I"m taking the upper hand and often miss long or wide, giving the opponent the upper hand.
Every so often, I go for "just enough", and actually win a point.

floridatennisdude 11-03-2012 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 6992868)
All. Every match is different, different players, different skill sets, different guys playing well and poorly.
Since I can't run, I tend to play offense, so I don't have to run and fetch for the other guy.

Everyone on TT is on offense. We only play defense against current or recently retired touring pros.

NLBwell 11-03-2012 07:46 PM

Everyone on offense (including me), but defense wins championships.

Fuji 11-03-2012 10:27 PM

I'm a defensively minded player with an offensive styled game. Figure that one out, I'm still trying to as well!

-Fuji

tennis tom 11-03-2012 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 6992868)
Since I can't run, I tend to play offense, so I don't have to run and fetch for the other guy.

LeeD, what ailment is it that keeps you from running?

NLBwell 11-04-2012 03:34 AM

I believe LeeD suffers from old age (as do I).

NTRPolice 11-04-2012 11:03 AM

Depends who I am playing with/against and I guess it depends how you define "offense" and "defense".

Mike Y 11-04-2012 11:17 AM

Yeah it really depends on who you play. Many of my "safe" shots are winners against lower level players. If I play against a high-level freak athlete player, even my "winner" shots are not winners. My defense is really good, so a lot of "hard hitters" will be unable to hit winners against me. So your offense vs. defense really depends on your perspective. But if you are hitting the ball out often on your 3rd or 4th shot of the point, then you are not a shot-making hard hitter, you are just playing stupid.

anantak2k 11-04-2012 11:59 AM

This depends a lot on my opponent. I absolutely love being in control of the point but that is not always the case if I come across who rips the fur off the ball. I don't play all out offensive shots but I play shots where the goal to to make my opponent play shots that they don't like or put them in a bad position.

Controlled aggression is the way to go for me. Unfortunately, I get very drop shot and lob happy once in a while and start making too many errors.

PushyPushster 11-05-2012 04:33 AM

Purely defensive. I need someone to give me that Unforced Error. Or just quit due to boredom. I'm not picky.

Mauvaise 11-05-2012 06:18 AM

Unfortunately, I'm mostly offensive. But I don't have the skill to match my style. ;) I tend to try too hard and go for too much when at my level (3.0) I just need to get the darn ball back over the net and wait for them to make the mistake.

I'm trying to learn to be more of a defensive player. I start out my matches by telling myself, "You don't have to win the match on the first point." I tell myself (after I've sprayed one too many returns) "Just start the point!"

I am trying to learn to wait for the set up to try to hit a winner rather than forcing it (which almost never works for me).

LeeD 11-05-2012 09:11 AM

I have the skills and technique to win offensively in 4.0, but don't have the legs to set up correctly once I get there.
Seems a couple of detached tendons from ankle to foot, and a swelling medial collateral, allows me to just get there, but without the footwork needed to hit a correct shot.

MrCLEAN 11-05-2012 07:05 PM

Offensively inclined, but have to be careful not to be too much so.

I like to play neutral until i get an honest opening, then get aggressive to finish the point. I never like to play "defensively", in that my overall strategy is to just retrieve until the other guy misses. The only time I'll do that is if I have an opponent that is SO inconsistent, that I know he'll miss within a few shots simply because of his poor technique. In that case, I don't mind just putting it in the middle of the court and letting him self destruct, but it's not much fun to play like that, nor does it happen very often.

mib 11-05-2012 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by MrCLEAN (Post 6997444)
Offensively inclined, but have to be careful not to be too much so.


Same here. I consider myself to be an aggressive percentage player.

Maui19 11-06-2012 04:41 AM

Is it bad if I don't know the answer? I would say that when I'm hitting the ball well, I play aggressively, trying to pressure my opponents. However if I'm making errors, I definitely back off and work on keeping it in play and letting my opponent lose the point.

sundaypunch 11-06-2012 05:30 AM

The vast majority of people are defensive tennis players that consider themselves offensive players. Most don't like the idea of being defensive so they always hit beyond their capabilities. You can often get away with this because your opponent does the same thing.


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