Good job on adjusting your strategy .... maybe you don't suck as much as you claim you do?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.
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.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.