Tactics for singles. Well, you don’t know what tactic you are going
to use unless you know how your opponent plays so we are going to talk about three tactics
against three different types of opponents. First, you often might come up against a pusher. We call a pusher a player that just gets everything
back, who has really foot work, runs everything down and just gets every ball that you hit
to them back. So, how do you beat a pusher? First, you want to attack a pusher as best
you can. You want to try to penetrate their consistent
defenses by hitting really good deep shots. Another way to beat a pusher is to draw them
forward. Why? Because a pusher loves to run side to side
and camp out at the baseline. They don’t generally like to come forward. Pushers like to stay back and get the ball
back. If you can hit some drop shots or what we
call sink shots, low soft shots, make them run in then you can either pass them or lob
over their heads. Also, because a pusher generally doesn’t have
a very good volley and a very good overhead because they don’t spend their lives playing
at the net. They spend their lives at the back being defensive. That is probably the best tactic to use against
a pusher. How do you play a hard hitter? How do you play the opposite of a pusher? Someone who belts the heck out of the ball
and hits winners all over the place? Well, you have got to become defensive. You almost have to become a pusher. You almost have to get that ball back and
make him hit more than one, two or three shots. If they are forced to hit three or four shots
generally a hard hitter is going to make a mistake. So be consistent against a hard hitter. Kirk: One comment on the style of play these
days is there are so many players now with these semi western grips that have great forehands
and not necessarily great backhands. How do you play against that player? One thing that these players are very good
at is hiding their backhand so they are adept at moving to the left, moving to the left. If you fall into the trap of trying to force
the ball to their backhand they don’t have to do anything to hit the backhand better. So the trick against the player who covers
up his backhand is to get the bear out of the cage. Hit the ball to his right. Make him move to his right. Make him chase the ball down and hit a forehand. If he doesn’t hit a winner, and he won’t very
often, you can now make him move to his backhand. He might have Popeye’s forehand and Olive
Oil’s backhand. Speaker 1: So remember, your tactics and the
strategy you employ are dependent on who you are playing.

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Dennis Veasley

6 thoughts on “3 Best Singles Tactics | Tennis Lessons”

  1. the tennis videos are very helpful keep them coming, although it looks like this one has been cut and edited poorly.

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