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Rush and bustle

Published: 10 Oct 2004 - 23:05 by rippa rit

Updated: 15 Aug 2006 - 22:23

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To lose a match after being bustled and hurried around the court is very frustrating. Confidence players tend to try to rush and bustle their opponent's off the court, and before you know it the score is 5:0 and you have not even got warm, or taken a breath!

Once these players are in the swing of things they can be hard to stop. What can be done to prevent this happening?
    • It is important to "hang in" and hold the score till you can gain more control.
    • Take your time in between points ('cos they want to serve before your are ready, so make sure you are ready to receive the serve).
    • Break up the game with boasts and lobs. If lobs are hard to control, boasts can change the rhythm of things and are easier to play off hard drives.
    • If you have been serving from the right service box, change, and go to the left box.
    • Vary the types of serves.
    • Keep the length shots tight to the side wall which will help slow the drives down. This can also take away their speed and power.
  • TIP: The changing of service boxes, etc. can cause a distraction, and may affect concentration. It is important that your tactics don't upset your rhythm.
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From rippa rit - 19 Jun 2005 - 11:14

Hi aprice - yep, I understand what is happening. Go to the rule section and read "wasting time" and it gives various points about continuous play. The best way to deal with wasting time in a match is to be tactical about it and the opponent may "cut it out", for example -
1. If you are the server, and are ready in the service box to serve, the opponent trying to delay play and maybe interrupt your concentration, walk away from the service box, flick the ball to the front wall, bounce it a few times, and when the opponent is now ready to return serve, let them now wait for you just a second or two, look at them to check they are ready, then serve.
2. If the opponent dealys walking to the service box, wait, and then just as they are about to be ready, change to the other service box to serve.
Generally, these things are just mind games, some players think they are smart, and use this little stunt to put the opponent off. The above suggestions will probably arrest the problem and have a counter effect. You got it?

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From aprice1985 - 18 Jun 2005 - 22:18

Can i just ask at what point does wandering around the court become preventing continuous play? It often annoys me if opponents do it when i am eager to keep going but i know that occasionally i walk slower or further than i have to, when are you entitled to complain as the server.

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From rippa rit - 19 Nov 2004 - 00:10

It is a good habit prabbit to observe top players and try to figure out their tactics.
While doing what you do, be sure to suck in the air too, which helps clear the head by getting more oxygen to the brain.
I forgot to say as well, that is all the more reason to warm-up well so when the match starts you can get going from the first point, and put up a good fight early, before your opponent gains too much confidence.
Good work.

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From prabbit - 11 Nov 2004 - 00:50

It usually takes me a full game to warm up and get into the swing of things. When playing a tournament, I make sure I get there early and warm up on a machine and stretch beforehand.

I am sometimes a victim of "rush and bustle" strategy. When somebody starts to get on a roll, I try to emulate what I have seen some pros do. They walk to the front of the court (or to their opponents quarter of the court), not directly to the service area, compose themselves and then return to their quarter of the court. I have gotten some quizzical looks from my opponents because of this. Of course, I return to the service box without preventing "continuous play." Nevertheless, I find that it helps clear my head a little bit.

When I'm on a roll though, I want to be sure to keep the points moving along as quickly as possible.

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