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Tip of the Day - Always Have Something Ready At the End

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

Always Have Something Ready At the End

Many a close match is won not by the player with the big shots or steady rallying ability, but by the player who pulls something at the end to "trick" the opponent. It might be a new variation of a serve, or perhaps the same serve with a different motion. It might be a fake loop or push that looks spinny, but is dead. It might be the reverse, a suddenly very spinny loop or push. It might be a different return of serve than what you had been doing. Whatever it is, it’s always a good idea to learn a few "tricks," and learn when to use them. In some matches, "trick" shots may backfire. However, if used at the right time, they can win a lot of matches that otherwise would have been lost – possibly by an opponent’s own tricks. With experience, you’ll learn when to use them.

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