Re: Are pushers bad for tennis?
Here is the problem.....tennis is taught in a manner by so-called "professionals" that is just plain WRONG. What they have done for generations is just observe what "the pros are doing", and then try to get you to copy it, killing your natural creativity....go to any local tournament, and inevitably, the winners are local guys who figured out their own creative way to hit the ball, and play the game, and the losers are "lesson players", guys with supposedly "nice strokes" , who get the pants beat off them because they think winning at tennis is doing what their pro told them to do....the heck with that! If you analyze it, most great players became great because they were innovators....they did things that nobody had done before, so when you faced them, you are seeing an entirely new game, and your game is predictable! The pusher is simply a creative, original player.....He has learned to observe what is going on, and figure out what works...he doesn't go by rules or opinions, he tries things, and sees what works...he is a MUC h better tennis player than you....he, like every good artist is saying, "You say that x is reality, but I am going to show you that Y is reality, too!" The tennis professionals of the world, by and large, ruin people's enthusiasm for the game by teaching everything backwards....in stead of allowing young players to figure out a natural way of hitting the ball, they try to "groove strokes" ....how much fun is that? And then the strokes don't even work in competition! Even at the Ivy League level, so many times the best players are self-taught kids who have unorthodox strategies, who took lessons AFTER they had already learned the game on their own....that's the right way to do it! Why are so many of e best players taught primarily by their amateur parents? Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John Mc Enroe, Michael Chang, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Stefan Edberg, Fabrice Santoro, Serena, Aga Radwanska, .....all these guys and gals had unusual strokes and strategies that baffled opponents...all were great innovators...and all knew how to push! You should learn the push game FIRST....How to massage the ball back, be consistent, survive the point, hustle, make gets, lob, drop, slice off both sideshow hard on the run.....ThEN you should learn the "grooved" power strokes....they are secondary...the screaming and the power striking leads to injuries.....learn to keep the ball in the court, THeN learn to finish it off....Tennis pros create a need by brainwashing people into thinking that hitting the ball the way they say is the way to win, and the ONlY way to win...if you lost, it's because you didn't hit it hard enough, or your form was off, or you didn't twist your wrist just right....and the correction is hours more of expensive lessons to "groove" that stroke again...what a racquet. True story: I had a friend who worked at the Bollitieri Academy during the era when Sampras and Agassi and Courier were there.....he announced one day to the kids that they were going to be working on the pusher game...that this was part of their development, and a difficult, but necessary step to becoming an all around player....one young lady, just short of 18, was the number one junior in the country....she observed for a while, then said...."That's all fine, but you're never going to beat anyone that way"...My friend, who was about 40 at the time, but a self taught guy who took up the game as an adult, and made it to the Challenger Circuit, told her..."let's play". ....he was not a natural pusher, but he played that style while she played her normal game....after he beat her, she quit tennis, and never returned to it.