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I'm left-handed, my antispin buddy is right-handed.
My buddy usually serves fast and long to my forehand, which i return cross-court to his back-hand. He usually manages to return this though. Already at this point, I feel there should be a way to have a huge advantage receiving a long low-spin serve, although since it is his only real serve, he is quite good at keeping it low .Seeing as his rubber ignores spin for the most part, I don't know if using spin over speed would be helpful or not? As well, my variation of spin serves have essentially no benefit against him either compared to other opponents.
Should I just try serving long and low to him and try to make him pop it up enough to make an attacking 3rd ball?
Regardless of the topspin or backspin I put on a shot, his return essentially has zero spin on it, So I haven't been able to serve backspin and then have it come back to me with topspin.
Is there something different I should be doing? Or is it just that I don't have my strokes down well enough against no-spin balls?
ps: He also loses to players I have no problem beating. The people he loses to are much less developed then me, yet he struggles. I think it relates to a point I came across you guys bringing up at some point regarding him having a hard to to generate his own pace on the ball, instead of just being able to make a decent strong against a faster ball.
I think you can take advantage of his long serve first. Try to make a stronger topspin and think about where you place the return. Try different positions and see what works well.
With your serve, just serve long and simple to his backhand and then wait to attack the next ball. With his backhand rubber it will be difficult for him to attack you serve. Don’t try too hard, and realise if you play to his backhand he doesn’t have much to hurt you with.
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