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I have a major problem when playing against pushers who push with heavy backspin.
Yesterday in competition I lost to one of the easiest players in our pool. When he was playing against my team mates he attacked a lot but his forehand was off and he could not hit most of them. Against me he decided to only push with heavy backspin and I’m having major problems with these players. It doesn’t matter what I do, I only get back heavy backspin balls. He only served long with backspin to my backhand. And when I served it didn’t matter what spin I imparted... Backspin came back low over the net and topspin came slightly higher but not high enough to smash it.
But the problem is that its something mental. I find this kind of playing boring and I’m just giving the match away… It's just during these matches I get so bored of it... I end up standing straight up in rallies and when there finally comes a ball to my forehand which I can topspin I’ll miss most of the times just because I’m standing straight up.
I just have more problems with even trying to do my best rather than with the playing style itself. But it’s just that when the opponent does this I basicly fall asleep during these matches...
I’ve had this problem a lot of times in competition... I beat the best players because they play the game normal and in a fun way. But I lose from the worst players who only do pushes and chop in every single serve no matter which spin is on the ball.
Please give me some advice. Thanks
First thing is to accept that their playing style is legitimate. It can be boring or hard to play against but it is something they do well so we have to find ways to combat it.
The best thing is to work hard on your forehand and backspin topspin against backspin ball. This will take a little time but if you can get this to a stage that you are confident to make the stroke each time, you will put them under pressure. At the moment they know that if they push to your backhand they are going to get an easy ball next. The game will change quickly once you can change this ability.
You don’t have to play that first topspin fast, just make sure it is on the table consistently first.
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