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Thread: Singles Power Player?
06-17-2008, 07:24 AM #1
Singles Power Player?
Is there anyway of playing singles well without excellent drops?
I hardly use drops in my singles game, mainly smashes and lobs only, as those are the strokes i'm best at, especially smashes.
Care to share any tactics in singles which concentrates mainly on just smashes and lobs?
Thanks in advance
06-17-2008, 08:28 AM #2
That'd be one very stressful game to play...
but not for your opponent...
If he/she notices you hardly use the forecourt, he can take a step back and just receive your smashes and clears...
and then, when he retruns your smash short, you just lift it? (and lose the initiative and any posisble effect your smash might have?)
In short, my question to you is: what do you do when your smash isn't a direct winner?
06-17-2008, 09:06 AM #3
It's important to understand how the different strokes are connected to each other.
As jerby said, the effectiveness of your smash is greatly reduced if you have no good net play. And if you never play a drop shot, it's much easier for your opponent to cope with your clears and smashes: he can stand deeper in the court, with a somewhat lower stance in anticipation of the smash.
For tactical ideas about using smashes and lobs, check out these pages:
Also note the importance of a positive forwards recovery after a good smash: you need to be looking for the next shot at the net.
06-17-2008, 09:36 AM #4
Well, i can drop, but just that i'm not very confident of net play. Therefore i don't do it most of the times unless my opponent has a slower footwork than i do, or unless i'm out of ideas to return the shot.
What my coach has taught me to playing singles is to play lobs/drops at the start of the rally to build up my confidence, and when the opponent's clear is not to the baseline, i'll just smash it down.
06-17-2008, 10:06 AM #5
...and after you smash...then what?
06-17-2008, 03:38 PM #6
Jerby is absolutely correct:
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06-17-2008, 05:23 PM #7
besides your opponent staying at the back... you will get really tired by just smashing and that why there are drop shots...drop shots basically let you rest and keep you in the game without being tired.
06-17-2008, 06:27 PM #8
Well I don't know about that. I also get tired running up to perform drop shots and running back to the center. But yes making smashes all day long from the back court will force you to run forward extremely fast when he returns with a drop. Your smash goes to him fast, so he will receive it fast also, and then he drops it.
06-17-2008, 06:57 PM #9
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06-17-2008, 10:10 PM #11
I have a question. Do you guys play clears only when your in trouble or to just mix things up in the back court?
06-17-2008, 10:55 PM #12
06-18-2008, 01:16 AM #13
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06-27-2008, 11:28 PM #15
While it is possible to do well in singles while only using smashes and clears you'd be defeated easily if your opponent decided to drop and you constantly did clears which would constantly set them for their shot of choice. My advice is to get a friend to do do net shots back and forth with you and get them to feed you shuttles to practice dropping. Of course it is possible to use accurate shots and force your opponent to inconvenient places where they are more likely to either clear or miss the shot which is hard and highly inadvisable.
06-28-2008, 12:59 AM #16
I don't have a problem dropping. I do mix it in. Sometimes its actually better to clear that drop instead isn't it? Yes it makes them run the most if you re drop their overhead drop, but if they know that and runs extremely fast to the net, you should clear it.
06-28-2008, 04:42 AM #17
when you talk about tactics "sometimes" is indeed a very appropriate word
Because sometimes your opponent leans forward a lot, and is focused to reach that dropshots as high as possible.
And sometimes your opponent leans back, hoping for a clear he can smash.
And sometimes, they're just lazy/smart and wait neutrally at their base
There's no single successful approach to singles, but I will say this: in 80% of the time, the most dangerous shot you can play is a short shot.
Now, I don't mean to say "abolish all clears and lifts", please do not misrepresent me as such
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