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I would like to thank you all of your answers and discussions. I have learned a lot from you. For example, I must have a strategy to loop at different paces. Better yet, fake a loop. I have also learned how to push on forehand / backhand. forehand loop is also another valuable lesson for me.
I identify myself as an offense player. But in my experience, defense player has the upper hand. go to YouTube, type Oliver Mader. His usa rating is 2300! my usa rating is only 1500. Oliver Mader uses long pip racket on both sides. He is a push blocker. He rarely uses his forehand. He uses his backhand to push and block all opponents' shots. His strokes are terrible. His footwork is terrible. He does not know to read opponents' serves. Most players under 2400 will lose to him. His skill set is more like a usa rating 1200 player. He does not need to practice at all. after all, he is a defense player with his racket, push, block as his only weapons.
Most of my club members follow Oliver's strategy. They use long pip rackets, short pip rackets, one side short pip the other side inverted rubber, Amultart butterfly blade Tenergy 05/64 both sides, anti spin rubber racket. Their usa ratings are so high 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900. They do not have proper loop strokes, they don't have footwork. Their main strategy is active block, aggressive push, and high quality serves. They use rackets that do not bounce (pip rubbers) to block. They also use fast rackets to actively block. They avoid attacking when receiving serve. They avoid initiating an attack. They are always prepared to block. They love lobbing. Some are heavy push / chop player.
I, on the other hand, am an attacker by nature. I attack whenever wherever possible. I attack during receiving serve. I always initiate an attack during a rally. My game is about attack / consistency game. However, I lose every time. I lose during serve because I don't know what spin, speed, placement on the serve. I lose because they push into my body. I lose because they actively block my attack. I lose because I run out of patience. They keep returning the balls after balls after I attack them. I lose because I run out of energy after so many attacks.
I use Butterfly Sardius blade forehand DHS Commercial Hurricane neo 3 black 2.2mm hardness 39 backhand DHS commercial Hurricane red 3-50 2.1mm hardness 37. These two rubbers require proper stroke, a big swing, and lot of energy.
I have lost consistently to a usa rating 1000 short pip player, not even one set!
All of my club members suggest:
1. Your overall skill is like usa rating 1800 player. You are underrated (my rating is only 1500). An attacker requires more skills, more training, more practice, more strategy, and more footwork than a defense player. You lose because you are an attacker.
2. Your backhand is like a usa rating 2000 player. You forehand is like a usa rating 1500 player. please improve your forehand.
3. switch to fast rubbers. fast rubber allow you to block easily. fast rubber can save you energy at the cost of consistency, spin, and attack. fast rubber makes it easier to smash. At your level, a fast rubber will hurt your attack game but help your block game. follow a block strategy. don't follow attack strategy.
4. try to forehand hit loop not forehand brush loop. brush loop generates a lot of topspin at low speed. hit loop generates less topspin at high speed. this means you will make more mistakes as hit loop is a more difficult stroke than a brush loop. but overall, you are better off with hit loop.
5. use less backhand. use more forehand. improve your forehand. fake loop. most players against me put the balls to my forehand. they serve to my forehand, they return serves to my forehand, they actively block to my forehand, they attack (in rare cases) to my forehand.
6. you need to learn how fake a loop (which is what you told me before).
7. you need to learn how to push/chop
8. you need to learn defense skills like block, active block, aggressive push, push, chop, and others.
7. if you follow these advices, you will win all the members of this club.
But I want to win a player with my attacking style. Would you agree with these advices? What do you think I should do?
Sounds like a lot of advice and perhaps confusion for you.
Keep things simple. Keep working on your attacking game. In the end an attacker will have more capabilities. You can see this because all the top players in the world are attackers, however at this stage as your attack is developing the defenders can still be effective.
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