I've had an interesting problem come up with one of my players. We're a 3.0 team, and this is her first time playing 3.0. Before that she played 7.0 mixed with mixed results, and she does drill classes. I was hoping she would be a rising star, because anyone who can handle 7.0 mixed should do fine with 3.0 ladies. In her first doubles match this season, she lost. She was very frustrated because the pace of the opponents' ball was slow, and she kept making errors. I shrugged at this complaint/excuse, saying this was just another type of ball to learn to hit and she'd get used to it. Now, though, I hear this complaint from her all the time. I think part of the problem is that she has a big ol' oversize racquet, so if someone hits hard to her, she can just stick that beast out. If there's no pace and she has to generate her own, there's gonna be trouble. What helpful (and nice!) thing can I say the next time she complains about the lack of pace from her opponent? Is the answer to a dink another dink? Is the solution to blast the ball from the get-go so the dinker has no chance to dink? I mean, I think I know the correct answer a pro would give: shorten your backswing but take a full cut at the ball with a proper finish, but I can't exactly show her how to do those things. What makes this difficult is that I think she believes if she plays a higher court (Court One) with opponents who can "really play," she will be able to do better. But I don't want to put her on Court One if she can't get the job done on Court Two, you know?