About playing left-handers
Published: 12 Dec 2005 - 21:41 by rippa rit
Updated: 06 Jan 2009 - 09:44
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There are some players who do not like playing left handers and often make these remarks:
- they are awkward
- they get in the way
- don't know where they are hitting the ball
- is the forehand or backhand (right hand or left hand side of the court) the strongest shot - as well as, is the strength in the front, back or mid court area of the court.
- is the forehand or backhand volley well placed - does it land close to the corners and wall.
- which corner of the court is the opponent's weakness.
- which return of serve (right side or left side) is the weakest shot.
- If it is not possible to find out this info before going on the court, the hit-up is the best place to observe these things.
- Personally, and from experience, I found it better NOT to think about my opponent as being left handed (as that can be a distraction) but use the monitor and evaluation methods and make the opponent run to all 4 corners during a rally and then hit the attacking shot to the weakest spot. Yes, to do this it is necessary to concentrate on each point, and if you forget the weaknesses, it costs points along the way.
- Spatial awareness is probably tested more with a lefthander and vice versa. That is another skill, knowing where the opponent is on court, and "reading" the play.
- Obviously, if you have a weak backhand there will probably be more attack on the backhand side, but that is ok as it is easier to use the opponent's power and controlling the racket head for a placement shot ( play more controlled shots), which can be quite a good thing.
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