Hitting Harder when your Oppenent hits Lightly

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by creative_tennis_boy, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. creative_tennis_boy

    creative_tennis_boy New User

    Apr 7, 2008
    Hi, Im a high school player and am wondering whether how you can return the ball harder when your opponent hits so lightly and hitting them high in the air.
  2. AznHylite

    AznHylite Semi-Pro

    Jul 25, 2007
    Vancouver BC
    Hit it on the rise I guess, or you can smack the ball down when its sort of near shoulder height. But hitting it on the rise is the much better option.
  3. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    You need to use power to support consistency, placement and depth. If you cant control the power on soft balls, guess what? You will have to take pace off the ball and place the ball better. It means you are probably overhitting anyway.
  4. Vision84

    Vision84 Hall of Fame

    Mar 27, 2007
    Cambridge, UK
    Focus on hitting a lot of spin and getting the ball deep and look for the short reply to come to the net off of. That is what I do when playing these people. It is not easy to generate all of your own power but much easier to put a lot of spin on the ball with big rips, especially when the ball bounces high.
  5. Oxford

    Oxford Rookie

    Aug 27, 2006
    Carlsbad California
    i deal with that all the time. lotta guys I play with are pushers and send over weak balls. i have not found a way to blast them back consistently. :confused:

    So i go for as much pace as is reasonable and then work on placement and spin selection. etc...

    gemme a hard hitter and I am in bashing heaven.

    If you try to impose a power game on those pushers they will enjoy watching your balls sail out or into the net. or all sorts of UEs.

    Read up on the how to beat a pusher threads ;)

    good luck

  6. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Are you kidding? Puff balls are the easiest balls to demolish. You can smack a slow paced ball much easier than a ball with heavy pace. I take a good windup and put the smackdown on those soft balls. If you like playing with a short backswing, you might like balls with a little more pace, but if you have a fairly large takeback like I prefer, soft balls are a forehand smasher's dream come true.
  7. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    Controlling a ball with no pace on it can really suck when you're used to taking a rather full swing; you get little bite on the ball and it can fly way too easily if you overcook it. If you let the ball top out, try the idea of adding no more than 5% pace to it so that you can maintain control. A ball with no pace isn't coming to you so much and it can be easy to make contact with it at the wrong point compared to a preferable incoming shot with some pace that you can more easily redirect.

    If you're not too familiar with taking the ball on the rise, I recommend that you get some instruction with that type of stroke. The earlier timing takes some work and the swingpath needs to be more flat, but a slow incoming shot has the most useful pace when the ball is popping up off the court. If you can make contact there, there's a little more energy in the ball that you can use to get some bite on your stroke.
  8. spiritdragon

    spiritdragon Rookie

    Nov 10, 2007
    sounds like ur playing against a pusher. at your level, you should just try and match their consistency with your own consistency. hit the ball lightly with good topspin and keep the ball as deep as possible. another alternative is to slice the ball back. wait until they hit a short ball then step into the court and crush the ball. the most frustrating thing about this style is having patience.

    Another thing that you can do is either to hit it on the rise or step back and wait for the ball to drop.

    High shots are a weakness for many lower level players and once you get better you'll really be able to crush those high ball. To do this I usually run around to my forehand side and set up higher. then, u just let loose and crush the ball.
  9. fastswingVD

    fastswingVD Rookie

    Mar 31, 2008
    H-Town Southside
    u sux
    put spin
  10. obnoxious2

    obnoxious2 Semi-Pro

    Mar 25, 2008
    For someone whos playing like a pusher and constantly lobbing it high. Go with a FAR WESTERN forehand and take the ball about shoulder high. Remember to hit up at it like a normal forehand and it will rip the ball back at your opponent with alot of pace and spin.
  11. ogruskie

    ogruskie Professional

    Feb 2, 2008
    When dealing with pushers, I personally rush to the net and volley.
  12. baek57

    baek57 Professional

    Mar 31, 2008
    i just slice and wait for a short ball to come in on. much easier to slice high balls than drive them imo.
  13. crazy8tiger

    crazy8tiger Rookie

    Jun 20, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    Usually, I will just try to hit placement shots with topspin or slice it back when this happens. Or, I'll S&V or rush up to net on a weak serve.

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