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|02-07-2013, 05:19 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2013
Moonballers are out - Short, Low pushers are in...
Can anyone offer some advice - I'd love to hear some thoughts on this...
In the div 3 (Australia) level in my area, there's only one type of player I dread more than a moonballer:
The Short and Low pusher. The constant grind of digging up short junk eventually wears even the fittest players down.
These aren't kids or little elderly women taking up tennis - they are fully grown men determine to win as ugly as possible...they don't skimp on racquets or gear either - they usually have fairly good and expensive stuff, some do coaching and look like they have amazing form during the sessions and yet they choose to play like this ....
Warming up with these players can sometimes feel insulting because they warm up and hit properly to you with good topspin and then when its game time - they start their "strategy"
And I'm not talking drop shots...they're not good enough to do them - they don't need to. I hardly ever get a ball near the baseline or above my knee in a rally and I'm only 5 ft 9!.... so yeah, lots of knee bending...
These methods are more effective then a well placed serve or a forehand winner. Especially when the balls start to die. There's nothing more annoying then hitting a bang on serve only to see it get swatted down because the player is taking advantage of the ball death...
I've got a couple of friends in Division 1 that once filled in for 2 and 3 and they said "never again" because both of them lost because of how these grades play...
These matches use Wilson Australian Open balls with extra durability felt on slow synthetic grass courts. We don't get new balls each match, they just stay on the court and the players rotate round.
And these players are getting more common. I want to break into the higher divisions because those guys play proper shots and it allows me to as well.
But stats against these div 3 players have created a barrier that I'm struggling to break.
Technically as a player I'm baseline spinner style that revolves around an effective service game. But these games I just spend my time being a psuedo serve and volley player because the only reason I have to come to the net is to dig out short and low junk. Its very hard to perform an approach shot on a ball thats around shin height..all of the time...and its especially hard to hit a good ball with decent topspin only to repeat the process of digging the opponent's short low push...
They (the club committee) want me to win a lot more matches and collect a certain amount of points before I'm allowed to move up -- I just want to strangle them and say "come watch what I have to deal with"
Yes, we know it's all about the technique. But if your racquet collapses every time you volley..you need to add some lead to it...