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Hi guys, I recently played a player who would smash the ball at every opportunity and was getting a lot of points from this. Being a defensive player, I was having a lot of problems trying to counter this, playing short and low helped but I wasn't gaining much advantage by doing this, as well as having difficulty switching from defense to offense if I had an opportunity.
I was just wondering what your thoughts are on how to counter this, do i just need to practice more short and low shots? Do i slow down the game tactically by taking time between serves,etc? Or do you suggest some other way?.
Your advice would be very handy, as it seems there is a trend in North Wales teams for aggressive play leading to smashes which I want to be able to counter and put them off trying them throughout the match.
I think the first step is keeping the ball low and short as you are doing.
The next thing is variation. Strangely sometimes a slightly higher ball or a ball with topspin can change the stroke that they have to play. Think about placement as well. A ball that is a little wider to the backhand or forehand can work.
It is strange how a subtle change can often make a big difference. It is a matter of getting them out of their comfort zone.
A change of pace between rallies can also help. Especially if they are building confidence with each smash... slow things down a little.
Let me know how you get on.
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