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decroo15 07-22-2006 12:59 PM

Pushers
 
What is the best way to counter pushers who block everything and eventually just make me make an UE.

Amone 07-22-2006 01:04 PM

Don't make Unforced Errors. No, really. But that's pretty hard to do, so, instead, an Amone explaination!

There are a few solutions:
The easiest is: Push! It's really easy, I promise you. There are plenty of ways to do it. When I push, for instance, I hack, because my slice is accurate and consistent. Other people dropshot everything. Some hit relaxed topspin right at them. All that stuff you do when you are trying to be really consistent, just make it twice that, and lazier.

Another is to move him around. Drop him, lob him, smack it to the corners. Make him run every point. Their style of play is built around getting to every ball, good. Make him work for it.

If it's your cup of tea, rush the net. Nothing is more fun than getting an infinite number of opportunities to hit great volley winners, and when they're not pressuring you at the net, like pushers don't, that's what you have.

Rod_Laver_Legend 07-22-2006 01:05 PM

Pushers tend not to enjoy coming to the net and volleying, so it's good to dropshot them alot and drag them towards the net.

For me aswell, alot I play with don't have a brilliant backhand so if that's the case aim to hit the ball at that area.

Another good tip is to be patient, that's how they play, play exactly the same, you should be a better player so if you play it patiently and wait for an opening, it's better than getting frustrated and smashing the balls into the net or passed the baseline.

A useful topic: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=109541

decroo15 07-22-2006 01:07 PM

Quote:

If it's your cup of tea, rush the net. Nothing is more fun than getting an infinite number of opportunities to hit great volley winners, and when they're not pressuring you at the net, like pushers don't, that's what you have.
That what I was planning on doing next time I run into one, but will serve & volley work?

Rod_Laver_Legend 07-22-2006 01:10 PM

It should do, and if it doesn't and the pusher returns your shot, if your fast on your feet, it shouldn't be too much of a problem as he will be moonballing them to you with not alot of power.

Amone 07-22-2006 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by decroo15
That what I was planning on doing next time I run into one, but will serve & volley work?

Yes and no. You'll have to position yourself in a way that's favorable to being lobbed, because you will be, no question about it. But if you do place yourself right, yes, it will work great. It works against the best in the game, when done well, why not the worst? S&V's all about finishing the point, and in your favor, which is the anti-pusher, ne?

TennsDog 07-22-2006 02:23 PM

Get off the court before they drive you clinically insane.

Ryoma 07-22-2006 10:14 PM

I think people don't give enough credit to pushers. I am not a pusher myself but what a pusher do is he will eventually make you a better player. I just read winning ugly. What you really want to do is to take control by control what kind of shots your opponent make. The basic idea is to make your opponent play out of their comfort zone. Against a pusher, probably approach the net and make him pass you with low percentage passing shot.

rasajadad 07-23-2006 01:01 AM

Work on your overhead! When you approach the net, 9 out of 10 times, a pusher will try to lob you rather than hit a pass.


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