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Jul 26th, 2015 07:46 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

I'm a big hitter too. I have strong stokes. Against pushers I used to hit even harder. I tried to blow them from the Court. The result was a bad shiulder injury like Sharapova. After my injury I started to add a bit more variety to my Game. I improved my movement. And that was the key against pushers. The greatest mistake is to try to blow them from the Court. But in the same time you have to keep your style. You have to find the best mixture for you. I found the best mixture for me and my shoulder although I sometimes Play automatically my older game.
Jul 26th, 2015 06:46 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

hmm, i played someone that constantly lobbed the ball at me. in junior tennis, this is a winning strategy, i never respected it though. i'm more of a BBB, so guess what!? i lost. smart though.
Jul 26th, 2015 06:43 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Yeah, playing a lot of angles and use a lot of variety (going to the net, playing dropshots, chanching the pace...).
Jun 16th, 2015 04:46 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Pushers aren´t bad for recreation tennis. What is annoying is when they claim they can´t play with you, because they are not enjoying the game when you finish the points quickly Some variety will help. As long as you add some dropshots and volleying, they are often useless. However, I don´t know the level of your opponents.
Jun 16th, 2015 12:00 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

using angles and hiting cross court winners
make him run and play a dropshot
hit a ball to the oposite place he is running
Apr 23rd, 2015 04:04 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Hit through them. Move them corner to corner with well placed but well paced shots.
Jun 23rd, 2011 02:11 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

I was a pusher all my college carrier and the way to beat me was short cross court deep down the line. You want to make player move backwards getting a balance on the backfoot and that will increase a chance to give you nice approach shot opportunity or a mistake. Also the key is to be comfortable at the net. Have somebody to drill you 15 min every day just volleys and overheads. You have to learn to love the net (which doesnt mean you need to be at the net every time, maybe once every 2-3 games and you are good to go)
Jun 17th, 2011 02:28 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Originally Posted by TABŮ_SEXY_SHOP View Post
give up
Jun 16th, 2011 01:34 AM
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Re: How to play against pushers?

Originally Posted by Beesley View Post
If you still have problems - you should watch how Kvitova def. Wozniacki year ago in Wimbledon or how Maria won her match in Rome.

So, don't even try play like pusher. First pusher will force you to play like he, and then he he will use his expierience in pushing. And believe me. Even pusher will be exhausted after running. So if you have to win, you can sacrifice first set to rushing pusher, and then destroy him in st 2 and 3.
Is this what you're talking about?
Jun 15th, 2011 06:46 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Controlled hitting. Keep them running everywhere, eventually you'll find the angle or he'll be pushed too far out to get back in time. Not hard to risk hitting errors, but go for a foot or two inside either line and use a few dropshots to see how comfortable they are at the net. If they arent then its clear to keep using that tactic.
Jun 15th, 2011 04:45 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Just keep mixing deep, down the line balls with sharp angels and when is occasion there go for clean, fast and powerful winners. Keep also low balls as much as possible so that he can not read what is coming ... if you can manage such style every pusher will be dead tired with trying to retrieve all those bombs back.
PS. but precondition is that you are are also in good form, with good moving and that you like to dominate court.
Jun 14th, 2011 12:52 PM
Re: How to play against pushers?

I feel your pain!

What about bringing him into the net by hitting short-ish balls? If he is a genuine pusher, then he may not be comfortable attacking at all (so you're sort of turning the tables on him)...

On the other hand, if he can push and attack well, then sounds like he's a pretty good player and won't be that easy!
May 18th, 2011 02:09 AM
Randy H
Re: How to play against pushers?

Originally Posted by Randy H View Post
Take the ball early, and use the angles of the court.
Just to elaborate a little more on this - The key is to find ways to take time away from your opponent, and to find the openings in the court. You don't need pure power to do this, you just have to be a little creative and willing to try different things.

Most pushers love a big hitter who will try and blast winners corner to corner until they self destruct with errors. How can you break the court open? Use the angles of the court to your advantage. Hit a couple of hard deep shots to get them behind the baseline, and then throw in some angles (especially to the backhand side where it's harder to throw up a moonball stretched out of position).

Another option is to test their ability mid court. A lot of people don't know what to do with a ball that lands around the service line. Either you hit the winner outright, or you either risk being passed, lobbed, or come up with a volley. Dare him to be the one to come up with some aggressive shots in "no man's land".

Don't focus on power, focus on court position and placement You don't have to crush a volley, drop it short and force them to have to hit up on the ball which will give you more sitters for the volleys while they are out of their comfort zone.
May 17th, 2011 09:08 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

wow! thanks everyone for the advice! (esp. howardh) definitely will try out something different next time.
May 17th, 2011 05:36 AM
Re: How to play against pushers?

Come to net and force them to hit a winner or a lob. This only works if you can volley, though.
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