Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
5. Say we are practicing overheads, with one feeding and one hitting. I would like her to smash back to me so I can practice hitting lob off of a smash. She doesn't like to hit the smash to me because she says she would never do that in a match. Part of the issue here is that she feels like hitting directly to a practice partner trains you to hit directly to opponents.
I agree with her on this, I do the same thing. But, it's easily solved and you guys can do both.
Just feed her overheads from one corner or another, or both, that way she can practice hitting overheads to the corners, and you can work on your lobs at the same time.