Originally Posted by GuyClinch
I vote pushers. They are set in their ways and like to win points more then use good technique. So they will be resistant to change - even if they SAY they want too.
If you are a pusher and want to become a guy with 'good strokes' you are going to have to quit match play for a while and use ball machines and practice sessions until the good strokes become the new goto pattern.
A basher OTOH is not so sensitive to winning and will readily adapt his or her technique - as long as they can still swing hard. And with good technique you can rip the ball and keep it in..
Pushers might reveal how bad their opponents are but its just a dead end technique wise. Come back and play a pusher 5 years later and they are exactly the same guy. The young kid basher - if he still plays will likely be damn good.
Guy is often on the right track, but I don't agree here. Pushers cover a broad
band of players that value making shots and placement over sheer power.
Many are branded pushers due to putting a lot of spin/work on the ball for
most shots, with some sacrifice of big pace. Mostly likely somewhere inbetween
is going to work best really.
In my experience, big hitters that miss frequently rarely earn great improvement.
They often get pace from poor habits.
All the while those deemed pushers tend to hit tons of balls in most
games and tend to develop attack/put-away skills to control points once they
get things skewed in their favor. Not only do they learn more about building
points, and how to let opponents donate points, but also they learn to attack
with good form when the game or set score allows them to take some risks.
Generally they are more heady players.
Hitting lots of balls hard till they start to go in just doesn't seem to happen.
I'd say it's likely a myth and only works in rare cases with very regular work
with an instructor on top of them to improve the technique all the time, and even
then, they usually continue to struggle with shots that take more touch.
I've known and hit with 4 top 10 in the Nation Jrs over the years and 3
went on to play Pro. None of them were big hitters in jrs early on,
but they were all consistent point builders,
with power coming on more later in Jr ranks. Arod was a pretty consistent
type player early on as well his coach told me.