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Tip of the Day - Play the Middle Against a Two-Winged Hitter

By Larry Hodges | Oct. 29, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Play the Middle Against a Two-Winged Hitter

Larry Hodges Some opponents hit well from both sides, seemingly taking a big swing and smacking in everything, both forehand and backhand. If you play someone like this, remember that since they are taking a big swing on both sides, they will have power on both sides. However if you hit to the middle (the playing elbow), then they won’t be able to take as big a swing unless they move quickly. So play strong quick shots to this type of player’s middle, and watch their strong hitting deteriorate. (This is especially true of some penhold hitters with big backhand hits from the corners, they can be incredible, but they fall apart from the middle.)

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