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Who is and who isnīt a "ballbasher"?

I am somewhat perplexed by the TF (mis)use of the word "ballbasher". Who exactly is and who isnīt a "ballbasher"? As I understand the term, it refers to a player who tries to hit almost every ball as hard as she possibly can. If so, Gajdosova probably properly counts as a ballbasher.

But what about i.e. Lucie Šafářová? Surely, she has an aggressive and offensive style of play, but her CC forehand has huge amount of topspin on it and often plays loopier balls from her backhand side to get a shorter ball that she could attack.

Petra Kvitová often uses great angles, in particular on her backhand side (and frequently uses backhand slice as well).

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Re: Who is and who isnīt a "balbasher"?

Gajdosova is the poster girl for ballbashing
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It is just matter of degree. I don't think thare are pure ballbashers or pure counter punchers. You can just say that some people rely on more risky game than others.

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Pure Ballbashers don't have a PLAN B
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Rezai. When she's on, she wins Madrid. When she's off, she's just a random top 200 player. And she has no plan B.

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Rezai. When she's on, she wins Madrid. When she's off, she's just a random top 200 player. And she has no plan B.
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Pure Ballbashers don't have a PLAN B
Well, what exactly do you mean? For example, Lucka Šafářová simply canīt win matches if she doesnīt plaz offensively, because her retrieving and defensive capabilities are rather poor. In my view, that fact alone doesnīt make her a "ballbasher".
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Pure Ballbashers don't have a PLAN B
You just added Sharapova to the ball-basher list.

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I am somewhat perplexed by the TF (mis)use of the word "ballbasher". Who exactly is and who isnīt a "ballbasher"? As I understand the term, it refers to a player who tries to hit almost every ball as hard as she possibly can. If so, Gajdosova probably properly counts as a ballbasher.

But what about i.e. Lucie Šafářová? Surely, she has an aggressive and offensive style of play, but her CC forehand has huge amount of topspin on it and often plays loopier balls from her backhand side to get a shorter ball that she could attack.

Petra Kvitová often uses great angles, in particular on her backhand side (and frequently uses backhand slice as well).
Just fan's word to pejoratively name players they do not like... as soon as you hit the ball in an agressive manner you get the tag... I've even seen for example many people call Del Po ballbasher... this is the level of extent at which this word is overused.

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Re: Who is and who isnīt a "balbasher"?

A ball basher is someone who relies on powerful shots without much thinking going on between their ears. See Sprem, Rezai and Mirza.
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You just added Sharapova to the ball-basher list.
does every post of yours has to have Maria's name in it I mean she is not that relevant anymore to mention here so often Though, the argument with the Plan B is not so credible since Karolina is not a ball-basher but she lacks it, too. So I guess it turns out following this logic Wozniacki is pure example of a brainless ball-basher.
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Re: Who is and who isnīt a "balbasher"?

Lots of words are more used than others here to put a style of playing, or certain situations surrounding a match, in a category. For example, words like BALLBASHER are in the same level of popularity that GOAT, PUSHER (OR PUSHING), MOONBALLER, and from the likes of that. Sometimes its difficult to define them because of two things: their examples and their affinity (what itīs good strategy for someone its boring for another). It would be interesting, if there were a thread in which any TF poster would simply define this words according to their acknowledge.
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Rezai, Kvitova, Goerges, Giorgi, Lucic, Grothsova.
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Re: Who is and who isnīt a "balbasher"?

There are two sorts of ballbashers.

Ballbasher = player with agressive game, hitting many winners but also UEs, dictating game and still you can see she has a clue where and how to hit a ball (Serena)

Brainless ballbasher = player with agressive game who is using strenght more than brain, hitting some random bombs and hoping for winner (Lucic)
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