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dlam 01-28-2013 05:45 AM

The opposite of pushing is
 
There no term that means so different things to so many tennis players as "pushing " or "pusher".
Is in order to even confuse or narrow down this term. What is the exact opposite of "pushing" or "pusher " to you and why?
How about "puller" or "pulling"? Nah
I like "smashing" or " smasher"

Devilito 01-28-2013 05:52 AM

"hit / miss"

goran_ace 01-28-2013 06:21 AM

opposite of pushing is overhitting

mikeler 01-28-2013 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by goran_ace (Post 7174212)
opposite of pushing is overhitting

And then wondering why you lost to an "inferior" player.

gmatheis 01-28-2013 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by goran_ace (Post 7174212)
opposite of pushing is overhitting

If pushing means winning your points by keeping the ball in play in a way that you never try to hit a winner but rather rely on your opponent to eventually make a mistake.

Than the opposite would be to always go for a winner on every shot.

Overhitting ---- G_A nailed it

The Meat 01-28-2013 06:51 AM

Pulling would the be the opposite, pulling your opponent side to side that is :)

WildVolley 01-28-2013 06:51 AM

True pushers almost never hit winners. They earn all their points by bumping the ball back into play and watching the opponent make an error.

So the opposite of a pusher is a player who hits a lot of winners. In the past, I'd say that S&V is the most opposite of pushing. S&V players end up getting passed or hitting winning volleys. In the modern game, a player who hits hard to get winners is the opposite of a pusher, even if they stay at the baseline.

IA-SteveB 01-28-2013 07:04 AM

Have to agree with overhitting as the choice. I was guilty of it and got baited the first time I played a pusher.

TCF 01-28-2013 07:11 AM

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dlam 01-28-2013 07:35 AM

Interesting that overhitting is considering a good answer. Then what about Just plain hitting? Is there such thing as underhitting? or is that the same as pushing ? How about overpushing or under pushing ?

WildVolley 01-28-2013 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by dlam (Post 7174374)
Interesting that overhitting is considering a good answer. Then what about Just plain hitting? Is there such thing as underhitting? or is that the same as pushing? How about overpushing or under pushing?

I agree. There seems to be an assumption that pushers always win. I've beaten pushers by hitting approaches and then winners.

Attacking tennis is the opposite of pushing, and attacking players beat pushers every day (admittedly, some also lose).

Say Chi Sin Lo 01-28-2013 07:45 AM

James Blake.

dominikk1985 01-28-2013 08:16 AM

the Problem with brainless bashers is that they don't Chose the right situations for attack. attack is great but you have to know which ball to attack and which not.

kalyan4fedever 01-28-2013 08:32 AM

sharapova....

slowfox 01-28-2013 09:17 AM

Everyone on TT...

10isfreak 01-28-2013 09:28 AM

Pushing, as far as the term makes sense, has to be an overall attitude toward game play. People tend to given visual cues of reality when trying to innovate in matters of words, so my best guess would be that pushing qualified, initially the player's striking action. Pushing instead of striking... That would be doing the bare minimum to keep the ball alive, purposefully avoiding to hit hard, or even limiting oneself to bunting the ball back if it is possible.

In many discussions on the net and on courts, I have pictured pushing as an under-optimal playing strategy: that is, it's the defensive counterpart of ball bashing. Ideally, you do not err below, nor higher than necessary: objectively, risks can be rewarding when managed properly and exaggerations can hurt. Either way, it's a mistake because the response must always be adapted to the circumstance.

So, who's not a "pusher," but the exact opposite? People highlighted it properly here: a ball basher, someone who constantly tries to impose his presence with force and power, who tries to hit winners every two shots... that's a ball basher and that's the exact opposite mistake.

anubis 01-28-2013 09:40 AM

Opposite of pushing is "normal tennis".

WildVolley 01-28-2013 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 10isfreak (Post 7174767)
So, who's not a "pusher," but the exact opposite? People highlighted it properly here: a ball basher, someone who constantly tries to impose his presence with force and power, who tries to hit winners every two shots... that's a ball basher and that's the exact opposite mistake.

I think this is correct. The most extreme opposite of a pusher would be a person who tries to hit a winner on every shot. As that's not a very practical strategy, I think the most common opposite is someone who tries to win by hitting pace or someone who attacks the net in order take away time and hit winners.

For example, neither Pete Sampras nor Blake are pushers.

slowfox 01-28-2013 10:43 AM

Is Blake just a ball basher though?

dlam 01-28-2013 01:09 PM

Lots of answers. Antonyms are hitting, over hitting, smashing, bashing etc
these denote attacking themes.
Pusher and defender appear synonymous to the responders of this thread


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