Originally Posted by sureshs
I seriously doubt that women at the same NTRP level as men can hit better volleys, speaking in an overall sense. The men are typically much taller, stand closer to the net, poach better, and in general are more aggressive. Playing these no-bounce games or bouncing a ball off the frame don't prove much. Otherwise Bahrami would have been the ATP #1. What counts is what happens in a match. Likewise, I am skeptical about target practice competitions, like getting the ball thru a small ring. It may be an indication of basketball shooting skills, but I don't think that kind of accuracy is needed to win a real tennis match. The court is quite big enough.
First, standing close to the net, IMHO, is a sign of someone who is *not* comfortable playing the net. The very weakest volleyers can be found there. They will not take a deeper position in the court; it is harder to volley there.
Second, you are kind of assuming the ground you're standing on. The 3.5 guys I have seen the most *do not* poach and are not aggressive at net.
Third, you are correct that what matters is what happens in a match. In my matches, my male partners seem to want me to be conservative in my net play. So that is what I do. If my partner thinks he can hold without my help, I am fine with that. How do we leap to the fact that he is a better net player than I am?
Why have both of my regular partners complimented my net player, with one saying he'd love to trade his BH volley for mine? I refuse to believe that I am some freak of nature because I can play the net and like to do so.