– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from PlayYourCourt.com and today we’re gonna show you how to beat the dreaded junk baller. (intro theme) [Scott] (grunts) [Scott] So weird. (grunts) (grunts) [Scott] God, you’re so annoying. (grunts) [Scott] God. (grunts) [Scott] So annoying. Well that was fun. Apparently you’re a much better pusher, than you are an actual tennis player. Great work. Sure.
– So salty over there. All right our man here is
discounting the junk ball. All right and a lot of you guys out there are discounting it as well, and it’s actually the hurdle
that’s keeping you guys, from moving up to that three five, four o, maybe even it’s a four
five, in our n t r p rating, and so let’s talk about this today. Let’s talk about how we
start beating these players, and the very first thing,
gotta stop being salty, alright?
(chuckles) – Step one, way less salt.
– Way less salt all right. And what I’m talking about is
it’s mental warfare, right? You dislike playing these guys so much, it’s an unorthodox way of playing and it’s not to your
enjoyment of the game, and so before you’ve even played them, you worry about playing them, maybe it’s a tournament, you worry about getting them in the draw. It’s USTA, you know that
you’re gonna play them, then you,
– the dreaded junk baller, – Yeah.
– Not in the first round. – And you’re like man I’m gonna be out there for three hours, I’m gonna have to do this, this, just slow down alright, and accept that the match
is going to be arduous, it’s gonna be difficult alright. Let’s put a plan together. So Scott, talk to us a little bit
more about this patience but one of the plans that
we’re gonna try to implement. – Yeah, so step two here, is to think about
something we like to call fast feet and slow hands. When we see these, junk balls, these floating balls coming with no pace, I think our brain kinda just slows down, we see slow ball our brain slows down, and that’s the opposite
of what’s gotta happen. Both our brain and our
feet, have gotta activate, it’s gonna actually probably
take you more steps, to set up for these slow balls and make the adjustments that you need, to hit the correct type of ball, that you’re looking for. – Yeah I mean that’s it guys. Like, when you’re rushing around and the feet are turning over, you can’t allow your
hands to speed way up, where you’re just making errors
and you’re losing contact, and your chin’s floating. So Scott’s 100% right here. Fast feet, slow hands, take your time. – Take us on with step three here, What’s the third piece?
– Yeah step three here, – How do I, so now that I’m doing that, I’m in a rally with you, still don’t know how to
win the point yet right? What’s the grand finale?
– Yeah we’ll be here endlessly right?
– Yeah. – All right, so, let’s first address how are we getting hurt
by the junk baller, right? It has a lot to do with angles. If you’re looking at getting the person stretched off the court, they actually like these angles, because they’re able to, to kinda play the push pull where they, they’re going deep, they’re pulling short, they’re finding the angle,
they’re wrong footing you, so angles aren’t necessarily
our best friend here. What I, Scott and I, when we encounter these junk ballers, one of our favorite
strategies we talk about, is just the battering ram, all right? And we’re gonna play big, heavy and deep through
the middle, all right? Because now there’s no angle. There’s no work for them,
– Counter intuitive I know, for a lot of you guys, you’re like that’s your
advice to beat somebody, is hit the ball to them in
the middle of the court? – Yeah, but I mean like
deep, either big and heavy, or through the court, all right? Because remember the goal here, is to take away the
angles from these guys, and if they drop back, right, they drop back to kinda defend this ball, they’re certainly not
cutting a lot of them, and if they are it’s going short, and now the really grand
slam of this whole thing is, you gotta get to the net, all right, so the battering ram, you push them back, you play them through middle, and you’re coming to the net, all right. Make them pass you, make them lob you. We’re not afraid of
their big power, right. So maybe it’s the lob that we fear but, if we know it’s coming it
can’t be particularly hard, with their overhead, right, so let’s take a look, at what the new strategy
looks like with us playing. Scott’s gonna implement
some of this stuff, so just to go over, you wanna knock out the bullets for us before
we hop back out there? What are they paying attention to? – Yeah for sure. So step one is patience. Just don’t freak out before the match. Mentally prepare. You’re gonna have a
battle here, it’s okay. When you’re on the court, don’t freak out. You know what you’ve got. Step two, fast feet, slow hands. Don’t freak out, put all of that, I guess excess energy into your feet. And step three, – The battering ram, right.
– The battering ram. – Play him heavy through,
– Right up the middle – The middle, yeah.
– Of the court, yeah. And we know it sounds a little bit weird, we’re gonna demo this for
you and you’ll kinda see, how this makes sense,
and just to also address, if you’re a lower level of
player and you’re thinking, Scott, Nate, I can’t
hit with heavy top spin or I can’t drive, deep through
the middle of the court, then what you’re gonna find is, the last piece here of getting to the net, and closing the point out
is how you’re gonna solve this problem of junk ballers so, let’s take a look at the
adjustments I’m gonna make now through a beat up on my junk
baller friend Nate here. – All right, let’s go. – [Scott] (grunts) (grunts) (grunts) (grunts) (grunts) (grunts) – [Nate] Yeah. – [Scott] (grunts) (grunts) (grunts) – [Nate] Yeah. – All right guys, so you can
see the adjustment there. Patience first, driving a lot of balls deep through the middle of the court, and then in the second point that you saw, when Nate’s popping that floater, I snuck in, took the ball out of the air, swinging volley, to win the point. I know a lot of you at home are thinking, Scott that’s great, I don’t play at a five
o, five five, level. I don’t have a swinging volley. I can’t drive deep through the court. It’s okay, the same
foundations still make sense. Do the best that you can, to drive the ball deep through the court, and not create too many angles, and when you see that floater, we still want you to come in
and take it out of the air, maybe it’s not a swinging volley, maybe it’s just more of a punch, but work your way up to the
net and close the point out. Nate, you got anything to add my man? – Yeah just remember guys, the reason these matches are hard against these junk ballers, pushers, is simply, because it
makes you uncomfortable, and the best way to get
good at being uncomfortable, is by playing more matches
that make you uncomfortable. Get out there and play more junk ballers. Get out there and play more pushers. Whatever the style is that
bothers you, do it more, so it’s not so scary, so you’re not losing that mental warfare. – For sure. All right guys, I hope this video helped, I hope you can get out there and beat some of these junk ballers. You’re probably noticing
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