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How to Beat a Hard Hitter in Tennis

Let tennis pros Joe Perez and Kirk Moritz teach you how to beat a hard hitter in this Howcast video.


Speaker 1: All right, you're playing somebody on the other side of the court and he's a big banger. He's hitting big serves and hitting big groundstrokes. What do you do?

First of all, that big server is used to winning a lot of free points. So, you tell yourself if you can get your racquet on the ball, you're going to put the ball back in play. You're not going to try to hit it back harder, necessarily, than he's serving it. You're going to turn, you're going to block it and you make him back up that serve with another shot. He wants free points. This mentality infects his entire game. He's trying to win points quickly.

He's like a George Foreman, a boxer with a knockout punch. You need to let him punch himself out. You've got to get a lot of balls back in play. He will start to feel like he has to swing harder and harder. He will start picking up his errors. The longer you stay in the point, the better you're going to do with that hard hitter.

Speaker 2: I think that's a great analogy, the boxing analogy. An analogy I use when talking about a hard hitter is a home run hitter in baseball. The home run hitter in baseball leads the league in two categories - home runs and strikeouts. Why? Because they're swinging for the fences. That's what the hard hitter in tennis does. They swing for the fences and they don't expect that ball to be in play after they swing. So, if you can make them hit a few more shots, block that ball back, you could easily be a hard hitter.

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