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Cheating Without Cheating: Tennis “Backhand” Tactics August 12, 2006

Posted by ticktockclok in Mental.

These are the low-down, dirty tactics that you know you’re not supposed to use, but do anyway. You’ll never use these in a tournament or competitive match- if you have any conscience at least. But, they are valid tactics in time of desperation. Some I’ve used, becasue people use them accidentally anyway. But others you will find in dark alleys under your show. Low-down.

1) Good Job!: You’re playing match, and your opponent’s forehand is a monster today. He’s been hitting return winners all over the place, and you have nothing to stop him. Maybe you’re hitting a bunch of weak shots in fear, which he’s just pounding you. Well, just make some small talk on the changeover, and tell him how great his forehand is going, and ask how he’s doing it. If you’re feeling courageous, ask him to show you a few forehands. After this little chat, he’ll lose it. He’ll be out of the zone, and begin to think of how exactly he’s hitting the tennis shot. Start getting more aggressive, and push to the net as he hits pathetic shots. Reversal of roles!

2) Tie Your Shoe: This dirty tactic is best used on second serves and with shoes with hard to tie laces. What you do is extend the opponent’s wait, and possibly getting them out of the zone as they get frustrated at your inability to tie your shoe. Use sparingly, if you even do. You could very well be attacked if you start using this one every point. You could do it with a tied shoe, but then you have to cover the motion and fake very well. Imagine using this in a doubles team! One person ties their shoe, gets ready, then the other guy pauses the point and starts to tie his! You had better be careful here. The net opponent could catch you with tied shoelaces! A similar thing to do is move balls out of the way at the last moment which are on the service line, or make a big fuss about a few balls coming into your court.

3) The Bad Feeder: You have a few balls in your pocket, and the other guy is serving and in need of a few. “Accidentally” hit them to the side, not far enough that he won’t run for it, but not close enough that he can just stick out his racquet. This will get him short of breath, and also somewhat annoyed at you. An advantage to this tactic over the other two is that you can use it multiple times, saying ‘sorry’ each time.

So, if you’re ever feeling a little bit cunning and sly, give these a go! Just don’t mention that I told you!



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2. jennifer verdi - February 19, 2007

Thinks for all the helpful tennis advice


3. Catalin - October 8, 2007

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4. Margot - November 30, 2007

great tips. here’s one in return. check out the tennis channel’s funny holiday e-card at http://lots.tennischannel.com/.

5. rahul - December 29, 2007

The instructor told me that the cure to having the racquet wobble on my shots was to hit the ball in the sweet spot. well, that is a no brainer
A few racquet changes didn’t do me any good and I figured that I’m always going to be off a bit on my contact point, so the only other
solution was to get a strong enough to fight the miss hits. A bit of reasearch brought me to the Gripstik wrist exerciser . No string and
weight stuff so easy to carry around in my bag. After about three weeks of following the guidelines(not much fun), I have noticed a definite
improvement in my gripping strength which translates to a more stable contact with the ball . I’ m able to overcome the torque of missing
the sweet spot much better than before. Racquet speed also seems to be increasing a bit because of the oveball increase in my wrist and arm
strength .

6. Michael Wilhelmsen - January 14, 2008

Hi, was wondering if I could translate some of this and share it on my own norwegian tennis blog. Really useful stuff that you don’t see very often.

7. Tennis - March 24, 2008

The Good Job thing really works. Never thought about it until now

8. ami hansen - August 27, 2008

that’s cool

9. W.S. - March 29, 2009

Or you could be evil and break them….

If you spend too much time think about your oppenents psychological state, you’ll just mess up your own. Or worst, you’ll find them too useful and become dependant on them.

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