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They will make more mistakes, and they will get frustrated because they are not being allowed to hit their favored forehand. Try to find other weaknesses in their shots. Some players don't like high bouncing balls virtually no one likes a high bouncer on their backhand. Ask questions of your opponent. How do they deal with overheads?
How do they cope with spin? Serves to their body or backhand? What you want to do is to manipulate the game, so that you maximize the time that you are utilizing your strongest weapons against your opponent's weakest ones. Generally speaking, deep shots that land within three or four feet of your opponent's baseline are your bread and butter.
Deep shots at the very least make it difficult for your opponent to play a winning shot, and can sometimes put them in trouble, especially if it's on their backhand.
Be generally wary of playing shots that only go half-court, as these can often be easily exploited by a good opponent. Cross court shots are easier to play than down the line ones. You have more length of court to aim for, it's easier to hit the ball back in the direction it came from, and the net is lower in the middle, so you are less likely to make mistakes with cross court shots. If your opponent has a better forehand than you, however, you should try to avoid getting into long forehand cross court rallies and try to switch the play to their backhand.
Down the line shots should be played only rarely from the baseline , certainly if they are going to your opponent's stronger side normally the forehand. The reasoning is that it gives your opponent the opportunity to respond with a relatively easy cross court shot, and you will have a lot of running to do to stay in the game! Get your positioning right. Positioning in tennis essentially comes down to geometry and angles in most cases and it is sometimes not obvious where to stand.
A lot of players automatically move to the center after playing a shot from the baseline, regardless of where they hit the previous shot. You should only stand in the center if you hit the ball down the middle, however. If you played the ball to one of the corners, you should recover to an off-center position. If you played the ball to the right-hand corner from your baseline, you should move to a position slightly to the left of center and vice versa for shots to the other corner.
If your opponent is having trouble with a shot at their baseline they might be struggling to play a deep high bouncer on their backhand, for example you should try to move into the net , and attempt to close out the point. You should try to develop an instinct for when your opponent is about to play a weak shot that you will be able to pick off at the net. If you are at the net and your opponent is at their baseline, you should generally play your shots deep to the corners, or play angled shots.
Avoid playing shots down the middle. It is quite possible to win from a corner shot with one volley, but if you play down the middle, it will take at least two volleys to win, and you may lose momentum - or worse, you will give them time to put together a winning lob or passing shot. Mix up your serve. Even if you have a great serve, your opponent will gradually get used to it and find the optimum place to stand when receiving.
Mixing up your serve, by adjusting placement, pace, and spin will keep your opponent guessing and make it harder for them to attack your serve.
Take note of which shots that your opponents make you play most often. If a certain serve pattern of yours works like a charm, revisit it on game points. If the opponent's killing you with a certain pattern, expect it on big points and shut it down early. Look for this banner for recommended activities. Join Active or Sign In. Learn More Customer Login. List your event Need to give your event a boost?
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