i am a huge proponent of the soft game, many players ask me how to play
against "bangers". First thing you need to do is start THINKING when
you play. This is hard early on, but as you play longer and longer, the
game seems to slow down as your mind is also able to slow down.
start with the return of serve. Lets say that you are playing against a
team that has one player that is much more skilled at banging than the
other. As my opponent is getting ready to serve to me, i am already
decided as to where i want to put this return. If i decide to go back to
the great banger, i MUST return it DEEP or to his/her backhand. If i
put it short to their forehand, they may be able to overpower me as i
stand at the net. They wont be able to overpower me with a banger shot
from the baseline ( too much travel time ) or with their backhand.
My return of
service does not have to be as precise if i go to the bangers partner.
It can be a little shorter or to their forehand . So this is usually the
shot i will do as i dont have to be as perfect in the return.
you get the bangers up to the net, if you are able to dink to them ,
you have the advantage. Dont forget, they WANT you to hit them the ball
hard. They dont like the dink game.
in recap. As you stand ready to return serve, ALREADY have in your
mind where you want to hit the return. A deep return to the backhand
is usually best as your opponents now have to hit a more perfect shot.
However getting it too deep make it an out ball and you loose the point.
So either hit it deep or to the backhand of the better player, or go to
the weaker player and you dont have to hit such a perfect shot.