Not a coach. But I'd guess the pusher. I tend to be on the pushy end of the spectrum as well. I think that as our strokes slowly but steadily get better, then we will become the all court players that we were meant to be. The sort of players who win most of their matches against similarly rated opponents. I vote pushers too. But for a different reason. I think they have learned the all-important attitude and skill of diligent patience. I know some 'pushers' with pretty good technique. 4.0+ guys. I can't beat them at the pushing game because they're not just blocking balls back, they're hitting corners. Even the just 3.5+ guys can hit pretty decent drop shots and lobs pretty consistently. I can't play 10-15 stroke rallies point in and point out. So, against those guys, the really good pushers, I reluctantly become something of a basher. Problem is, I'm just not good enough to hit winners past 26 year olds who can run all day in 90 degree heat and have good strokes. So, even though I'll win a few games, I basically get crushed. Anyway, yeah, the 'pusher' has, generally but maybe not always, the most potential for improvement, imo. I think you can do both. Bashers are generally impatient sorts, and they generally get beat by pushers. Maybe. If he learns something of the diligent patience that the pusher has. Also, I don't think that pushing is necessarily a dead end technique wise. As I mention above, I've played some 'pushers' who have really quite good stroke mechanics and preparation. They just like grinding, and it works for them against similarly rated opponents as well as lower level players like me.