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    Which type(s) of opponent is most likely to be your "pigeon"?

    I know it is a joke post but actually they can be easy to beat. They are not use to the ball coming back off their big shots and self destruct. Nothing funnier than some big guy melting down because they have been beaten by someone half their size. I actually had one guy launch his racket into...
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    Djokovic plays points vs fan

    A nationally (UK) ranked player came to a coaching succession I was at. While the other four there played doubles, he knocked up with me and played a few lazy points. Then he asked if I would like to play properly, OK, how hard could it be? The answer was very. He had a huge serve which...
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    Some players like to use old depressurized balls to play matches, do u encounter them?

    The solution is simple, stop being tight and buy some new balls. To be fair, at club events we often use old balls, for cost reasons. You simply have to adapt. They don't take topspin away, they simply bounce a bit lower. Bend your knees, get lower. The real fun is when you play with a mixture...
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    If you could only either slice or play topspin on your BH for the rest of your life

    That isn't true. Topspin is an attacking shot, you can put more pace on it. It is also safer because the spin pulls the ball down. Not to mention variety to break opponents rhythm. Having the topspin option also makes people think twice about endlessly attacking the backhand. If someone just...
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    Match tightness

    Yes, I can pretty guarantee you're choking on the shots. By that I mean you are cutting short the follow through. Tennis is counter intuitive, commonsense tells us we should slow the racket down and shorten the stroke, to keep the ball in play in tight situations. Commonsense is wrong, by doing...
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    If you could only either slice or play topspin on your BH for the rest of your life

    I know someone who was brought up on grass courts and has one of the best slices I have ever seen. He beats allot of people by endlessly slice into the backhand corner, it comes in fast and low; players struggle with it. Even he hits topspin passing shots and lobs and his slice is at least as...
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    Why do teaching pros insist on teaching spin serve esp to women?

    You're 100% right. There are a couple of guys at my club with massive first serves, well over 6 foot, who are easy to beat because they insist on hitting two first serves. All you have to do is hold your own serve and wait for them to self destruct. You can guarantee they will double fault at...
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    Why do teaching pros insist on teaching spin serve esp to women?

    Oh dear, were to start with this? You admit you have a spin second serve yourself, topspin is spin or didn't you realise that? It is also nonsense to claim serves with spin or action on them are easy to return. Otherwise a slow blower in cricket would be useless. I am about 3.5 level and...
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    Serve speed based more on strength or technique?

    Your body will ultimately be a limiting factor on max service power. I am 5' 6" and lightweight, there is no way I can match the service power of someone who 6' 4" and 200 pounds plus. Saying that, I have noticed that tall guys and big guys tend to have poor service techniques. They can get...
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    Serving against aggressive returners...

    I am not sure how that will help, quick serving is illegal, the returner has to play at the servers pace but the server can't hit a serve until the returner is ready.
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    To Get Better At Singles, Play More Doubles...

    Doubles will improve your net game but singles is a very different game. It is more about court coverage and fitness than doubles. The tactics are very different as well. The best way to improve at singles is play lots of singles, hardly surprising really.
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    Serving against aggressive returners...

    I do this allot, I will change my return position depending on the server. Sometimes I will play in a ridiculous return position, a couple of feet from the service line and try to take the ball super early. The first thing I would say about that is I will freely admit I am trying to get into the...
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    Two Handed Serve

    Strange at it may seem, at club level he could have an advantage. Club players hate unorthodox shots, coaches hit nice clean conventional balls and they get groved against those. They can't handle anything which has a weird spin, trajectory that they are not use to. Like some bizarre double...
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    *Recreational* Doubles Strategies and Behaviors

    Then those people should learn how to smash.
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    *Recreational* Doubles Strategies and Behaviors

    Lobbing can be very effective at doubles and it is an underused shot. The first thing I do is chuck it over my opponents heads at the earliest opportunity. Nice and high to clear the net man. If they struggle with it, happy days, they will be getting a million lobs. If you can't smash, you...
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