How to Beat a Pusher | Free Tennis Instruction

How to Beat a Pusher | Free Tennis Instruction



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How do you beat a player whose biggest weapon is their consistency? It’s not going to be easy, but it’s possible to beat a pusher if you follow these simple tennis tips.

Blair DiSesa Henley is a USPTA Certified (P1) tennis professional with over ten years of teaching experience. She is also a writer for Tennis Now.

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25 Comments

  1. The "pushers " I play against use some specific techniques not addressed here. 1) They stand halfway up the court ,even to receive serve, and volley or half volley everything to take away time and space from you and to use your power against you 2) they take forever in between points to frustrate you and make you super anxious so that you will over-hit and make more unforced errors 3) they call all balls that land near the line 'out' so you get even more frustrated 4) they hit a lot of drop shots and lobs – i.e. drop shot followed by a lob – to make you run all over the court. Generally, I find this style of play gross. THe people who play this pusher style are generally not nice people.

  2. One of the keys to beating a pusher is to keep hitting the ball to their backhand all the time. You want to take them out of their running game and stand them up. Remember they cannot really put you underpressure
    here because they do not have no attacking shot. When the time is right come into the net.

  3. I fucking hate people that bump every fucking ball back. I lose to them everytime by losing every deuce point because I barely miss a winner. Then I lose the tiebreaker by one cause all my shots barely missed. I get so angry cause happens to me everytime.

  4. Blair….Watched all of your You Tube tennis instructions. Nice and simple to follow.  I had used these instructions to show my high school tennis team to improve their skills and to enhance mine further.  It was a nice surprise to meeting you personally yesterday at the Western & Southern Open by luck that after your interviewed with Roberta Vinci.  You asked my name and I introduced myself.  It will be a busy week for you working there. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!  Forgot to ask you which state are you teaching and coaching from.

  5. I played yesterday a pusher and it's a terrible experience to say the least. I got a reasonable start, got 4-1 in front in the 1st set, then I told myself: "Ok, you're in front, you have him on the ropes, finish him". And then came the unforced errors. My God, a ton of them. Long story short, I brought him back into the match. He took the 1st set 7/5, then I got the 2nd 6/4 and in the 3rd, he served at 5/4 for the match. I don't know how I managed to turn it around in the end, all I can say is that I played what I would call "ugly tennis". Just tried to keep the ball in play and put pressure on him, I saw he couldn't handle topspin shots and his backhand and I just played it there till he was 3 meters behind the baseline. Then I would serve him with some dropshots to sap away his energy. Won the third 7/5 after playing in 25 degrees Celsius for 2 hours and 15 mins. Very tough, but in the end, a win is a win. So, good tips by Blair here, put pressure on them, wait for that short ball, KEEP YOUR FEET MOVING and smash the living hell out of them when opportunity arrises!

  6. great video Blair – thank you. Can I just ask when playing a pusher on synthetic surface, where the ball hardly bounces and it's all slice to both sides – do you respond with a forehand slice (which is such an ugly looking shot) or generate pace using the footwork suggestions

  7. The problem I have is I play a guy who is not a pusher as such, but doesn't hit the ball hard at all but usually gets it back with very good defence and slice shots. rarely he hits a winner unless I have hit a short ball. It's the most frustrating thing because most of the time I'll hit a fantastic serve or shots and he just gets it back. He's not outhitting me, he;s just got mad slice and defence so I end up getting frustrated and make errors. I pull the trigger even more, and make UEs. However, I have learned to be smarter in my approach. unfortunately that meant just pushing the ball back, at least hitting it deep and being patient until the time comes to pull the trigger or hit a drop shot or whatever. I don't enjoy it as much to have to play that well as I think I have naturally aggressive instincts. but it's sometimes the only way to win.

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