Anyway, here's the story: I play with a trainer whose father runs the courts I play in. The son plays a solid game from the baseline with lots of pace and I have earned how to deal with it slowly but surely. I love it when I can extend a rally with him for any length of time. One day, he calls sick and says his dad will be hitting with me that day. As it turns out, the dad is what you would probably call a pusher. No pace at all — sitters that are not so deep in the court. I thought i would be all over him, but I completely broke down. My rhythm was thrown off and so was my swing. Where with the son I would swing freely and smoothly, I found myself choking the racquet more against the "dead" balls the father returned. My timing was completely off, and my swing became more and more conscious as I was trying to generate the same pace I would if the balls coming at me were power shots. So I hit mostly long. Is this really what happens when you're used to one type of player and then get faced with another with a different style? I also thought it would be really easy to dominate someone with no pace, but apparently it is harder than i thought.