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Old 01-31-2013, 11:26 AM   #42
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Dude...this is some good stuff. I will try some of this. I especially like what you said about telling her where to go as opposed to telling her where you are going. I have found that a lot of women for whatever reason don't keep up with the score or anything about the match so telling them what you are going to cover versus what they are going to cover is too much. I've heard basketball coaches tell me that it's easier to even coach women because they do exactly what you say whereas men will venture away from what you told them to do if they think they see an easier way. I will try that this weekend. Plus I do like what you said about some of the formations. I have to admit...I've been all about tradional mixed(you cover your side and I cover mine because as a general rule women don't move as well so I've always thought about it as starting the point off on the defense...but as you and Cindy indicated. The points you win on them hitting returns in the net could outway what you are losing. After are starting the point off where you two know where the serve is going and should come back to before the point starts. Good stuff dude.

Originally Posted by travlerajm View Post
Former open player without much time to practice these days. So The rusty erratic serve (and the double faults that come with it) keep me from getting bumped up to 5.0. But the erratic serve is "serviceable" in 8.0 - so I consider myself an 8.0 specialist! I actually prefer 8.0 to "regular doubles" for another reason: because success depends much more on knowing the unconventional optimum strategy for each of the 8 types of points. It's a much more cerebral game, and very few teams 'get it'. The best teams are the ones where the guy is really strong, and both players know exactly what their roles are.

My partners always enjoy the fact that I "call the pitches" on their serves. Instead of signals, I like to use a quick huddle between points to tell her which side she should cover (her forehand or her backhand). If I'm playing with a 3.5 partner whose forehand is much stronger than her backhand (which is often the case), then I use Aussie exclusively when she serves from the ad (for the reason above), and then call a poach only about 1/3 of the time (so she plays forehand side most of the time). By telling her where she needs to go (instead of telling her which direction I'm going to go) it simplifies the task in my partner's mind, and she can execute better. You'd be surprised how much difference this makes for mind of the typical 3.5 lady - it's one less think to process, so she can focus more on getting a good serve in.

On deuce, when my partner serves, I like to start from the deuce side, but have my partner start next to the center line sometimes. This makes it easy for us to do a planned poach as a team (again I 'call the pitch' in the huddle and tell her which side to cover), and even if the called pitch is not to poach, having me start from the conventional deuce side makes it easy for me to execute a delayed poach-on-contact because I get to move left to right and smack a forehand volley, my more vicious poaching side. In most cases, the opponent returning from the deuce will be the lady, so the poach-on-contact strategy is usually effective.
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