Published on 07/17/2017 by Brady

Overhitting is one of the most common mistakes players make against the dreaded “pusher”. In today’s lesson Brady discusses how you can still play aggressively without overhitting.

27 comments

  • marc 4 months ago

    This is a very effectiv way to don’t be trapped by puschers.

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  • Dennis 4 months ago

    I’m a 4.5 level “hybrid” pusher. That is I am not afraid to attack a short ball, nor to drop & lob. My biggest weakness is my inability to move laterally as quickly as when I was younger. My opponents generally try to wear me down. It just takes awhile.

    Except for the 5.0 & up opponents who run me, drop me & follow up with topspin lobs. They basically have me for lunch unless my serve (placement) & drop shot are working well. Then the meal takes a little longer for them to consume.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      If you’re attacking short balls and winning points off your serve, I definitely wouldn’t classify you as a pusher…these are things pushers generally don’t do well. I love that you’re willing to make your opponents work for their meal…sometimes that mentality brings you out on top even against better players.

  • Dai Kayll 4 months ago

    Great advice Brady,thanks, and nice to see some open acknowledgement of the frustration this type of person brings to the sport. Though I still reckon an island in the Pacific, with only one court available, should be the penance for people who persist in thinking this is the way to play this wonderful game….. “Moonball Island”

    Hwyl Fawr

    Dai

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      Haha I hope to never visit Moonball Island.

  • Ashley Phoenix 4 months ago

    Great work Brady! I am definitely this kind of player and absolutely HATE push playing. I’m going to work on that 60-70% ball until I can take control … it’s a good reminder to make just 1 more shot than opponent

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      Thank you Ashley! Be stubborn and don’t overhit no matter what.

  • John Keyserlingk 4 months ago

    well done

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      Thanks John!

  • Jerry 4 months ago

    Thanks Brady! Theres just 1 problem. I am relatively small so the pushers hit the ball real high. Do you have a tip on that like drive volley or something?

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      More to come this week 🙂 Stay tuned Jerry!

  • Dottie Wiencek 4 months ago

    Great lesson. I loved the idea of 3 or 4 returns with 3/4 power and then try a harder hit or 100% to offset their timing and do not just play their game.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      That’s just a general idea, don’t take it too literally. You may have the right opportunity earlier or later in the rally. Thanks Dottie!

  • Jim Wechsler 4 months ago

    Just sent in a comment but overhit and sent you the wrong email address. You already have this one.

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  • Jim Wechsler 4 months ago

    Thanks. I have begun playing once a week with a guy who hits a slow short ball most of the time, and it mostly drives me nuts. Very hard to get a rhythm. Get another chance this Thursday.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      More videos on the way Jim–good luck!

    • Dai Kayll 4 months ago

      I’m working on my overhead smash too. As it invariably ends up in a smash opportunity if you hit a ball with pace at them. Brady will sort us out.

      Dai Kayll

  • Serguei 4 months ago

    thank you

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      No problem Serguei!

  • KaeRae 4 months ago

    Thanks Brady. But I want to become a better pusher – any ideas on how I can improve my pushing.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      You probably don’t have many friends on the tennis court 🙂 Improve your fitness and speed as well as keep the ball deep. It’s hard for players to take advantage of a pusher if you hit with depth. However I don’t coach “pushing” for a couple reasons. 1) It’s almost the complete opposite style of play that I utilize. 2) Ultimately there’s a ceiling on how good you can be.

  • Edward 4 months ago

    Thank You…I have a terrible time against pushers….this is a big help!

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      Much more on beating pushers this week Edward–happy to help!

  • Bev 4 months ago

    Thank you! Sound advice. Now, if I can follow your instructions and be patient for the opportunity to finish the point!
    Will definitely try.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      No problem Bev…happy to help!

  • Nigel 4 months ago

    Thanks Brady. Great lesson. I will definitely adjust my game to where I am not over hitting against a pusher.

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    • Brady
      Brady 4 months ago

      Thanks Nigel! Stay consistent but with enough pressure to not become a pusher yourself.

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