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Offline guitarandtennis

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« on: March 22, 2006, 06:05:54 PM »
Any tips for playing pushers?  Whenever I play a pusher i tend to push it back to them rather than hitting through the ball.  My second question is that I keep hitting the ball long on serve returns, how do I fix this so that I return serves at a higher percentage?  Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006, 06:18:32 PM »
When I started out, that was one of the things I often did bad. I found that return of serves is all mental. Think of it this way, when the player tosses the ball, u should straighten up as if the rally had already begun and u know which side of the court ur opponent is going to hit the ball. Of course there's gonna be those few that are tough, but once u get used to that, return of serves will be a breeze. Since I found that technique, I've noticed that my return game is much better than my service one.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 06:45:13 PM »
That why i love my slice, because i know no matter what, if i get jammed or stretched i can just slice the serve back. And if u dont have to move u can still slice it back for high percentage, but it can be attack easier.

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006, 06:46:37 PM »
I don't like playing against pushers, but my advice would to be as agressive as possible, don't go crazy but have a nice controlled agressive style of play.

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2006, 06:54:12 PM »
Oh yea, my post was for the Return of Serve, and about the pushers, all i can say is to be consistent, also serve and volley is a good idea.


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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006, 08:11:18 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2006, 09:18:03 PM »
My advice for playing pushers is don't play above your level to beat them. I might've learned that from reading Scott's articles lol. Sometimes you have to push for awhile with a pusher before pulling the trigger. You'll meltdown if you try to tee off on every shot they hit.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2006, 06:29:39 AM »
to make a long story short.....patience, patience, then more patience, and when you get a chance...ATTACK!  If you play a "good" pusher, you better be in shape cuz you're gonna be out there a while.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2006, 10:03:50 AM »
I'm not a pusher by definition, but I can push too  :))
When I play a pusher, I usually give them a taste of their own medicine. They don't like!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2006, 03:07:50 PM »
just to be claer on the definition of a pusher: is that when the person tries to put a ton on their shots w/o spin similar to Sharapova?
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2006, 03:16:10 PM »
Its like a human Backboard. Everything you hit comes back slow but consistent.

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2006, 03:23:41 PM »
Quote from: "TennisStar05"
Its like a human Backboard. Everything you hit comes back slow but consistent.


Oh MY GOD. I haaate playing those kinds of people. They either hit every single ball short, or they just moonball. I alwayz have to lower my level in those matches. It's really improved my slice techniques though, so it's no biggie.
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2006, 06:43:39 PM »
Sharapova is far from a pusher.  A pusher on the women's side is someone like Smashnova or maybe Craybas or Pin(Serena's opponent at this year's AO).

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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2006, 09:00:43 AM »
I would consider "most" Spaniards and South Americans as pushers, with the exception of Guga, who simply used to crush the rock.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2006, 05:32:38 PM »
A pusher to me is somebody whose only weapon is consistency.  No placement, no change up, no power, etc.  On the pro tour, IMO, there are no true pushers.  Certainly some guys rely more on consistency than others, but no pushers.  Counterpunchers?  Yes.  Pushers?  No.  

I've never had a problem with guys are consistent but have no power.  I just treat it like a practice session and make believe I'm being fed balls.  Just hit corner to corner at 75% power.  As they get further and further behind, look for the putaway.  Against "pushers" it's good to have your volleys and overheads "on" that day.  Just don't overhit and make silly errors.  Pushers depend upon you mentally imploding.  They feed off unforced errors and people mumbling to themselves.  Don't fall for it.  Don't hit too hard and just hit calmly corner to corner.