This is the first in a series of blog posts about how to find and exploit the relative weakness in any style of player that you might face.
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One of the best things about conventional wisdom over the years is the scouting notes that have been shared, proven and refined over the years. No matter what kind of technique you employ, or what kind of strategy you use, there is a relative weakness to be found in it. Heavy topspin players have a weakness, slicers and dicers have one, net players, baseliners, one handed and two handed backhand all have relative strengths, but aspects that can be attacked. I want to go in order of the most common ideas. However nothing here is ironclad, an example is that tall players tend to be very poor at low balls. People used this against me until I worked very hard on my length strength and getting very low with the ball, and then I turned what was a weakness into a strength, so beware, none of that is said here is going to work 100% of the time, but it can be 70% - 95% accurate.
Let's talk about the most common issues, and then work our way down to some that are less frequent.
The Heavy Topspin Player's Weakness
The most common type of player you will find today is the one who relies heavily on topspin. The number one problem with topspin is that it requires great timing, and is best delivered on a ball that bounces at waist height or above, some players are not very effective above their shoulder with topspin and others are even more effective at that ball height. You can expose the weakness of topspin players by changing the speed and spin of your shots, changing the timing, creating mishits and mistimed shots. You can also keep the ball at knee level, or maybe even lower. When a topspin player has to get that low for the ball, their potential for topspin is dramatically reduced, and the work that they have to put in to create topspin on their shots is dramatically increased, and that physicality in the match can take a large toll on their fitness.
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