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Old 11-19-2012, 03:25 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by SwankPeRFection View Post
If you're waiting on the error, you're pushing. Like it or not, the definition is correct. It's fine if that's what you were doing. Don't get offended because you decided to just push the ball back. Maybe next time you'll hit some aces on the serves and some winners on the return and be aggressive on some shots. That should keep people from complaining.

Waiting for an error does not equal pushing. Blooping the ball back with no pace is pushing. The OP said he won by playing good defense and only going for it at 30-0 and 40-15.

If you know that an opponent has a low shot tolerance, trying to hit to safe targets is the smart thing to do. This doesn't mean to play tentatively - you can still hit hard. Many coaches recommend doing this and forcing an error as it demoralizes the opponent more than if you hit a clean winner. It also minimizes your unforced errors.

Originally Posted by SwankPeRFection View Post
The truth is, no one likes to lose, but if they're going to lose, they like knowing they lost because they got beat, not because they beat themselves, regardless of the fact that consistency is their weakness. When you understand that, you'll understand why he said what he said.
This applies to the vast majority of people that think they play offensive tennis. They lose because they beat themselves - they continually go for too much.
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