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    Dealing with fast players

    These type of players drive me to distraction, the only way I have found to beat them is to play at max power and smack the crap out of the ball. However it is a lottery whether that works or not and being naturally conservative I want to play more controlled tennis. The problem is, when I play...
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    Got destroyed by a junkballer

    Sigh I thought I had cracked this, having just beaten a junker and now I get thrashed 6-0, 6-0. To be fair this guy has destroyed every other player in my section of the league by a similar margin. What was really depressing, is I was playing better than I have ever done and I still got...
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    About to be outclassed

    Have a match in a local tennis league and I have just looked at my opponents results. He has played 4 matches and nobody so far has managed to get more than one game off him, in best of threes. This makes me suspect he has been placed in too low a league and is a class above everyone else. My...
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    Temperature effect on serve

    I finally seemed to be getting some real power on my serve, getting free points and even a few aces. Then a few days later I could barely get the ball to s*d off, however hard I hit it. So dispiriting, all that new power seemed to have vanished over night. Not just pace but depth, spin and work...
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    The problem with coached players lacking pace

    Yesterday I played a doubles match and it looked like I was playing well. I was hitting a lot of winners, consistently returning the serve and winning points. One of the players on the other team kept praising my shots but in the reality I wasn't playing that well. The problem was the player...
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    Finally beat a junkballer

    A certain type of junkballer is my nemesis. I am either a pusher or a counter puncher, depending on how generous you're being. I like to feed off other people's pace, defend the baseline and go for a gap if one is given. Basically I like to feed off other people's unforced errors. My nightmare...
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    No-one can make you play ugly tennis

    More an attitude things than a tip but it does wind me up. The I was dragged down to my opponents level/forced to play ugly tennis/not enough high quality opponents whine. Which generally include complaints about endless moon balls/lobs/short slices and junkballs. Here is the thing, when you...
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    Can't believe how much difference strings made

    Came back to tennis after a year and I could only find some cheap nasty old strings for my racket. Thought, f**k it, how much difference could they really make? Could barely get the ball in, serves going long, ground strokes going into net. Then I found a reel of Pro's Pro Blackout and I was...
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    Why you should push

    Pushers have a bad rep, mainly because they make players look bad while beating them. The standard criticism of pushers, is they endlessly prod the ball with bad technique and somehow unfairly beat "better players". You sometimes see players like that but in my experience, the majority of...
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    How to play aggressively

    Now as I have said on other threads, I am unashamedly a pusher. If it works I will do it but my secret is I can hit aggressively off both wings. My last match before lockdown I played my standard pusher game and lost the first set 7-6. It was cold, damp and I wanted to get out of there. So I...
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    New players being put off

    In the before times, when we could actually play, the club I was a part of had social tennis. The idea was anyone could turn up and play a few matches with other members. We had a new guy turn up, he was new to tennis, had been coached for about 6 months but this was the first time he felt...
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    low level players misunderstanding the second serve

    This post comes from the frustration of playing low level doubles with various partners. Especially one match when I was being blamed for our defeat and I realised that I had held everyone of my service games, whereas my partner had lost everyone of his and this had nothing to do with his...
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    Foot fault on every serve

    Playing a match and there was a coaching session on the next court. Knew the guy who was being coached, who was working on his serve. The coach was going on about how his serve was getting better and was giving him tips. Yet he completely ignored the fact that the guy he was coaching was foot...
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    Balance between consistency, defence and aggression.

    I will freely admit I am one of the world's pushers. Hate to miss and will play a game of slices, drop shots and moonballs. Till I get an unforced error. Yet I can smack the ball when I want. Yesterday I lost a set 3-6 trying to push. So thought f**k it, lets see what this Pure Strike 16-19 can...
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    Why steadiness has to be the foundation of your game

    I know, in the current situation tennis seems like a different world but I decided to post a tennis related post to distract myself. Basically I demolished a player 6-1 and it was fairly typical of a big problem with some low level players (I'm 3.5 at best). My opponent had reasonable power on...
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    Injured? Stop playing.

    A week and half ago I played a tough singles match and the following day I was limping. Pain in my right hip, leg, oh dear. My response to this was to stop playing and going to the gym. A week and half later the pain is completely gone and I can move freely. Now this might seem obvious but I...
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    Be honest about you own ability

    I know a bizarre tip but hear me out. Played doubles and my partner was dumping endless balls in the net. He was simply going for too much, trying to hit huge shot off slower serves, awkward moonballs. When it got to the net, he would attempt drop volleys, ridiculous angles or smack an overhead...
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    In defence of the pusher/counter puncher

    I decided to post this after one of my opponents complained that my style of tennis was no fun and not proper tennis. He is a player who loves pace, so I feed him junk. Neutralised his serve by moonballing it back. Now my problem with his complaint, is there is nothing in the rules which says I...
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    doubles serve volleying and crossing.

    An issue that came up in a point. I served volleyed and got a return on my side I thought I could easily volley. My playing partner stepped into my path, volleyed the ball himself and our opponents then volleyed back into the gap he left. I was a bit irritated by that and asked that he stay on...
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    Demand to serve properly

    This came up in a doubles match, two players were big 6 footers with huge serves and even the other guy gave it a decent wallop, all struggled to hold serve. Endless deuces and many breaks. I held easily by just bowling the serve in a half arsed manner. It was slow even by my standards and they...
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    Toss problems, no dominate arm

    I am one of those people who struggle with their toss. I have been practising it and still couldn't get it. Left with aching, so I tried with the right. Ten tosses all in the right place, I am wondering if i don't have the control in my non-dominant arm. Maybe i should learn to serve left handed?
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    How to play a double first server?

    I was stuck playing one of these, my least favourite opponent. Basically he hits two first serves, his ground shots are massive flat winner aimed at the line or super aggressive net play with very tight angles. It all or nothing. I have seen this guy lose a set 0-6 in a blizzard of double faults...
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    Beat a junkballer

    OK it was 6-4, 6-4, so hardly a crushing win but the guy has given me trouble in the past and I'm only a 3.5 level player at best. Anyway I thought I would share how I actually managed to win, when this sort of player troubled me in the past. By junkballer, I mean the sort of player who loves...
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    the rule on nonchalance

    I know this is bizarre but it came up a doubles match. I will admit I have quite a causal playing style especially at the net. This is mainly because I am not a great volleyer, so I will causally prod the ball at our opponents and hope they will miss. Plus I am a natural introvert, so I am not...
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    Dealing with left handed slice on the forehand side

    I was finding this incredibly frustrating to deal with when facing a left handed server. He put allot of slice on the ball when serving to the side I was playing on, the deuce side. It was coming in fast and low. I couldn't read which side it was arriving from and it kept jamming me up on the...
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    Hitting two second serves

    I basically hit two spin serves, sometimes with a bit of slice to make it turn but always with topspin. I basically did this to cut out double faulting, my first service just being a flatter topspin serve. One surprising result of this is number of free points I am getting on serve, most people...
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    inconsistant level of play

    I was feeling quite smug because I managed to beat one of the better players at the club 6-4 and then a pusher 6-0. Basically it was one set and change opponents. The first guy was not happy to lose. However I have done this before and then the next time I have played I have been my normal...
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    Stronger backhand than forehand

    I have been working on my double hander and I think I have got to the point were it is the more dangerous side. My forehand has more spin and shot tolerance, but my backhand is flatter and I can find angles with it I just can't with the forehand. What is weird is my opponents continue to attack...
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    Respect your opponents

    This thread came from playing on the next court to a couple of players I know at my club. One of them is a deceptive player who looks worse than he actually is. He hits flat low bouncing shots, combined with short slices, great foot speed and a low bouncing serve. Having played him I know he is...
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    Deep returning position

    I have started returning from a really deep position, 6 feet behind the baseline, sometimes even further back. It gives me more time to react and allows me to take a swing at the ball. Basically I aim to get it nice and deep; resetting the point. So far I have been fast enough to run down...
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