I suck at 6.0 MXD

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My first 7.0 mxd practice for 18+ plus today. 4.0f/3.0m (me) against 3.5/3.5 (dad/daughter) combo.

Pretty fun. The gal hit great baseline and had a very sharp serve to AD. Her net was ok for 3.5. The dad solid serves, respectable baseline and good net.

My partner was very consistent at baseline. Got caught off guard when opponent went DTL. A couple more DF than I would like. Otherwise, very solid.

Actually, the 3.0M that I played against in the 6.0 play-off was more solid. And played more consistent net. The 3.0F that played at play-offs didn't have this 18y/o pace at baseline, but she rarely made a UE.

But the good news is, that I had no hesitation hitting hard to the female. At 7.0, I assume that all players are used to balls with pace and getting targeted. And all is fair game. In fact, when the female ROS right to me at net, I drilled a volley into her dad right into his gut. I apologized, and game on.
 

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Why did I sign up for another season of 6.0?? Well, match last night. Our opponents were super tall male that had amazing reach at net. And female lobber.
My partner is a singles player. She hits decent paced, FH with lots of net clearance...right into wheelhouse of the male player...

But fortunately, he made just as many errors as he did winners at net.

Me. I was just trying not to DF as my serves have been so inconsistent. And try to play good net. My groundstrokes were meh. But then again, tough to hit hard against flat and no pace. In fact, I had a tough time with my ROS. The only time I was able to pound the ball back with authority was when the male got his first serves in...

Ended up losing first set 5-7.

So for 2nd set our strategy was to take some pace off and keep the ball low. 6'-5" guys love balls coming over the net with 7' of net clearance. They don't like ball passing by their shins. Also, needed to bring the lob mistress up off the baseline so she doesn't have that dialed in baseline lob shot anymore. That adjustment paid off big. My partner who typically does not volley well, got a lot of great plays in since our opponents were picking up the ball off the ground and coming in at her strike zone.

Won 2nd set 6-1.
Won Super tie 10-8.
 

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Why did I sign up for another season of 6.0?? Well, match last night. Our opponents were super tall male that had amazing reach at net. And female lobber.
My partner is a singles player. She hits decent paced, FH with lots of net clearance...right into wheelhouse of the male player...

But fortunately, he made just as many errors as he did winners at net.

Me. I was just trying not to DF as my serves have been so inconsistent. And try to play good net. My groundstrokes were meh. But then again, tough to hit hard against flat and no pace. In fact, I had a tough time with my ROS. The only time I was able to pound the ball back with authority was when the male got his first serves in...

Ended up losing first set 5-7.

So for 2nd set our strategy was to take some pace off and keep the ball low. 6'-5" guys love balls coming over the net with 7' of net clearance. They don't like ball passing by their shins. Also, needed to bring the lob mistress up off the baseline so she doesn't have that dialed in baseline lob shot anymore. That adjustment paid off big. My partner who typically does not volley well, got a lot of great plays in since our opponents were picking up the ball off the ground and coming in at her strike zone.

Won 2nd set 6-1.
Won Super tie 10-8.
Good job on adjusting your strategy .... maybe you don't suck as much as you claim you do?

My match yesterday has me scratching out my eyeballs. Got roped into playing 6.5 which I had never played before. Captain is a friend and was going to have to default a court ... begged me and I said yes.

Played with a 3.0 guy against a 3.5M/3.0F team.

I played the way I normally play .... hit shots that get a pop up for my partner to put away. Think low slice to the BH, or higher paced shots to the middle.

What I didn't know is my partner couldn't hit either an overhead or a volley. Balls hitting the fence, or out into the parking lot.

The 3.0F was a lobber and the 3.5M was steady. I spent a lot of time in long long CC rallies with the guy or baseline to baseline lobs with the female. My male partner just stood in one spot and never attempted a poach.

I switched my strategy when we were down 4-1 in the first .... I went to pure S&V and C&C so that I could control the point and had my partner shift to the baseline.

Thankfully he at least had a decent serve so I was able to poach and end points quickly with a volley/OH on his service games.

Lost 7-6; 7-5
 

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What I didn't know is my partner couldn't hit either an overhead or a volley. Balls hitting the fence, or out into the parking lot.
I can feel your pain. Regardless of what doubles you are playing, volley and OH determines the relative strength of a team. That's what separates doubles from singles, IMHO. Safe shots in singles turn into feeding a winner. But if you can't capitalize on that opportunity, there goes a good part of your game.
 
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