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Old 03-20-2013, 07:57 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx View Post
No, not my pro. My pro would consider it slander if I attributed this strategy to him.

This was another lady's pro, and I was just doing the clinic.
Originally Posted by Chelsie1 View Post
You and me, both!
Last thing I want to do is 1. run over 2. hit a backhand from the baseline against two net players. They've gotten you and your partner to change position and then you have to dig yourself out of a hole with your
backhand. I'd prefer my partner practice hitting overheads.

Actually, one of my favorite shots from the deuce court is the lob over
the net man. Some of them just wont back up! So I keep lobbing. This is very effective at 4.0 and to date I have only run into difficulty with two replies: 1. the player who hits a strong angled BH drive and 2. the player who gets into position and hits a strong overhead from the baseline (that girl was good!)
Yes, thank you! This thread is based on a premise that should not exist. Playing "tight to the net", except on a weak return against a player running full out, who's arm is fully extended and can't get any power on his shot is a strategy with no future.

The goal of good doubles is to close off the angles for your opponents--it's just geometry. With one up and one back, you're giving your opponents the Grand Canyon of angles to hit into. Setting up "tight to the net" takes ones vision/reaction time away. If they can even get their stick on the lob for an attempt at an overhead, they are in a defensive posture. The lobbed ball (preferably to their BH side) is behind them. They have to hit up, with no power or control and can't put the short lob away for a winner.

The problem is the modern club player 3.0-4.0 can't hit a volley because they haven't been taught to--so they serve and retreat, resulting in the current one up/one back strategy. Once they get to the finals and come up against two old farts who play in unison, parallel to each other, in each other's peripheral vision, their opponents side of the court resembles a Chinese fire drill of chickens with their heads cut off, desprately yelling "YOURS, YOURS, YOURS".

I'm loathe to tell my rec partners anything because, either they can't change it in the moment or they get offended. But, one thing that works--until they forget it--is if I tell them to move back a step or two off the net. They can now hit DOWN on their overheads, with power for winners, instead of being off balance, forced to weakly hit up. Also from a step or two back, they have time to focus their eyes and hit a volley, even if they've never been taught properly how.
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