Originally Posted by jigglypuff
Yes, a net game is good to have... if you already have a strong aggressive baseline game. Otherwise, how are you ever going to get to the net and not get buried?
A heavily carved slice short in the forecourt is very difficult to pull off. It's like asking someone to to chip aggressively with lots of backspin, clear the net and make sure it doesn't get close to the service line all at the same time.
Catch 22 here. A short slice with good backspin is an easy shot for an average 4.5 player. It is a hard shot for an 18 yr old 4 star because, as a whole, they are not good slicers. When junior pounds it in the corner and has opponent retreating and scrambling what do you have him do? Obvious answer is move forward and knock off easy volley or overhead. Unfortunately most juniors stay at the baseline and start the point over if scrambler gets it back. Makes no sense.