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Old 01-25-2008, 12:41 PM   #40
IanRichardson
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from what i have seen it is once a pusher always a pusher, so i think your pro is kind of right. It is one thing to play good defense and hit safe shots. It is another thing to hit everything with some kind of crap slice or underspin just to keep the ball in play. I think is better to hit 'real' shots so that as you get better you will be in the practice of doing that. It is easy to push if you need to if you, but it is not easy to hit good shots when you are not used to doing that. I think I would take enough lessons that i felt confident in my strokes so that when i went to play a match I was comforatable. Play some ntrp tournaments with people who are your level so that you can practice using the proper technique and still have the chance of winning and gaining confidence.
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