Let’s start out by realizing that if your opponent is using hardbat, and you are using sponge, you have an advantage. If it weren’t so, most players would be using hardbat!
If you look at top players, you might notice a slight skewing in sizes there tend to be more tall or short players then the average population. Why is this? Here’s a theory, and a suggestion that might help your game.
No matter what your level is, at some point you’ve had to go up against some up-and-coming junior player.
At the higher levels, short pushing becomes more and more important as a way to stop an opponent from looping.
There is nothing more spectacular and more thrilling than counter-smashing a winner from 15-20 feet back!
The strength of most backhand attacks is that they usually involve a quicker, shorter stroke, and so are harder for opponent’s to react to.
Most players return short backhand serves with a simple push, without much thought to it.
You can't win unless you can find tactical match-ups where you are better than your opponent.
When attacking, you should generally put all your shots to one of three places: wide forehand, wide backhand, or middle (opponent’s playing elbow).
Want to really tie your opponent in knots not to mention win a lot of points? Aim your backhand crosscourt with a normal backhand stroke.
When attacking a ball right off the bounce with their backhands, most players automatically go crosscourt to the opponent’s backhand. That’s not usually the most effective place to go.
One of the most common reason players have trouble blocking against heavy topspin is because they hold the racket too high.
Get in the habit of watching how an opponent hits the ball. Does he change direction at the last instant ever?
Exactly as the heading says this is the time to try out new things, develop new techniques, and generally improve your game.
Some opponents hit well from both sides, seemingly taking a big swing and smacking in everything, both forehand and backhand.