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    Default do you find it neccessary to "coach" newbs?

    say for instance everyone is just playing recreationally and you're paired with an obviously green player.

    do you point out obvious flaws if they are easy to correct?

    for instance where to stand in a doubles situation, and telling them to serve low?

    i do it all the time, and i think it's still enjoyable for everyone involved.

    discuss.
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    I think it would be helpful not just to tell what but also why to do this or that. Nobody likes to be "ordered".

    However, a really terrible situation would be "newbies" coach newbies. Often times I met some self-rated-experienced club players who simply have played years of crap but regard themselves as "experienced". They always like to "coach" and complain at their partners whenever losing a point and even give their partners orders like high or low, long or short during rallies. Whenever I play against these guys, I smash harder.

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    i should qualify and say if it's just a one time encounter then i probably won't say anything. but if this person is a regular partner, then yes i have a tendency to address their problems.

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    Also depends on the person receiving the advice, whether he's open to getting unsolicited advice. Some players are pretty obstinate and get offended at the mere suggestion that their game can do with some improvement.

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    Nah, it's more fun to insult and yell at them.

    Seriously though. I usually just ask before offering. And I ask at the end of the game. Unless I'm in a game where it counts but usually this happens in a rec setting so I just enjoy what I can and offer afterwards. Some people are shy or non-confrontational so you won't know that you are stressing them out with "help".

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSikP...ure=plpp_video

    Heres what Coach Lee has to say on this topic! these videos are great and very helpful! what a legend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumpsky View Post
    say for instance everyone is just playing recreationally and you're paired with an obviously green player.

    do you point out obvious flaws if they are easy to correct?

    for instance where to stand in a doubles situation, and telling them to serve low?

    i do it all the time, and i think it's still enjoyable for everyone involved.

    discuss.
    i just keep quiet...unless i know the person well..enuff..

    its just a game..after all..

    just try my best to play..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumpsky View Post
    say for instance everyone is just playing recreationally and you're paired with an obviously green player.

    do you point out obvious flaws if they are easy to correct?

    for instance where to stand in a doubles situation, and telling them to serve low?

    i do it all the time, and i think it's still enjoyable for everyone involved.

    discuss.
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    Only teach a player who wishes to be taught; Otherwise, that player will not want to listen to what you tell him/her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badderz_Alpha View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSikP...ure=plpp_video

    Heres what Coach Lee has to say on this topic! these videos are great and very helpful! what a legend!
    very good video.

    i think his best point was: "ask yourself, by giving my partner this advice can he change in that very instant?"

    I guess it comes down to realistic vs non-realistic advice.

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    yes, sometimes specially if a same play is always being made and my partner always missed the shot or not able to make a counter.

    or after the game, i can give one tip which can improve his game like extending the arms when receiving and not putting the racket down.

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    I usually tell them some of their mistakes after the game is over. Not during playing, it can add stress or uncomfortable feelings between us partners. Just give them short tips, not lectures w/ examples which nobody likes except they asked for it (the advice).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    I usually tell them some of their mistakes after the game is over. Not during playing, it can add stress or uncomfortable feelings between us partners. Just give them short tips, not lectures w/ examples which nobody likes except they asked for it (the advice).
    Exactly what I do. Everybody was a beginner. I was unfortunate tho..nobody told me how to improve or how to position myself properly for doubles. All I had was Coach Lee :\

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    There are times I wish to speak to them but I always tell myself "DON'T!" Whether the message may offend them or not, I don't want to risk it or bother it. If those worse players are making the game more difficult for me, I always take it as a challenge for me to overcome in order to be a better player.

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