The problem with the flat game is the margin for error.I like to play flat, it's when my shots go fastest and are most effective, however topspin increases consistency and if useful for pushing your opponent back, especially on red clay, which I spend a lot of time on.
What do you prefer?
This so much!The problem with the flat game is the margin for error.
I sometimes play a women who is a member of our clubs first team. She hits very hard flat shots, I hit with lots of spin. In the rallys it looks like she is winning, her ball is moving faster, but all I have to do is put spin on her hard hit flat balls and send them back.
Three, four shots into the rally, she hits the net. She clears the net by inches, my net clearance is measured in feet. Plus my topspin shots sometimes kick out of her hitting zone and she sends them into the back fence. If you hit flat, I think you have to get the first strike in the rally, or you will be in trouble against a player with topspin shots.