Saturday 16 November 2013

Good Length, Attacking and Defending in the Back Court

What is good length?

Good length consists of the position of the ball that makes it really hard for your opponent to play a good shot.

The best length is situational, it depends on:

  1. How the rally is going , 
  2. Your placement on court ,
  3. The placement of your opponent.
For example:
When you are leading the rally there is no purpose in playing slow and high shots, you should make low and strong shots that go in the back court but don't come out of the back wall.

Typically good length requires that the ball comes in the corner and doesn't come of it.

Why should you play a drive above else

The drive is a straight shot that moves near the side wall and goes into the back corner.
By having this trajectory it makes it really hard for your opponent to counter it (especially if it is really tight to the side wall)
, compared to a cross-court that goes in the back corner which can be countered by forestalling it in the center of the court.

Attacking and Defending in the back of the court

This is the meat of the article, most of this knowledge is common sense. 
Yet the majority of us make this mistakes most of the time.

When in advantage (when we are leading the rally) we all try to score a point by using strong and low shot to keep our opponent under pressure.
The best way of doing this consists of simply continually using the drive and wait for your opponent to make a mistake.

However when in disadvantage, the last thing you want to do is to make a low and strong shot.
Although some of us can pull this off , by attacking on a low and strong shot while we are in disadvantage we are highly risking to make a mistake for example to throw the ball under the tin or in the center of the court.

That's why when you are in disadvantage your objective should be to reduce the pressure that's on you by using slow, accurate and high shots that reach the back corner.

By performing this shots you will be able to push your opponent in the back of the court while having the time to recover to the T.

How to: Attacking and defending in the back court

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