Having read this thread over the last week, I played my normal hitting buddy this past week. While I normally serve and volley ... go for big returns and usually win easily. This week I decided to throttle back ... force him into protracted rallies by forcing him from side to side. Generally giving him hope by pushing instead of finishing points.
I still won the set easily (6-1), but after the match he was delighted that he had played so much better than usual. I did not have the heart to tell him why.
"You should be playing linebacker, not singles."