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Finding Opponents’ Weaknesses

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If you aren’t picking out your opponents’ weaknesses and attacking them, you are losing more matches than you should!

Here’s how to exploit the warmup to gain an early advantage…

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14 Comments

  1. Cal May 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I'm really enjoying your videos.

    I searched for a video about smashing technique and came up empty.

    Can you do a video dealing with smashing?

  2. Anna June 16, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Great info thanks

  3. Carol S March 9, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Great lesson today. When I was playing USTA, I could have used this info. Now I play with the same 6 gals everytime and know how they play well.

  4. V.b. February 24, 2016 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I really enjoy your podcasts! They are compact, informative, delivered with sincerity. Keep up the good work.
    V.b.

  5. sandy February 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Just a quick thank you for your AWESOME instruction!!!
    I'm learning so much from your videos.
    Happy to saying winning with more ease and confidence.
    I always seem to have to go to a third set nail biting tie break
    and won my last three matches in straight sets! 🙂

  6. Miguel February 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    (John Gibson) "Ian, I have enjoyed your videos, but this one worries me a little. The warm up before a match is a very necessary preparation, especially if you have traveled to a match site. I would not like to participate in a warm up session with someone who is trying to figure out my game, nor do I feel that any emphasis on this approach is in keeping with the level of sportsmanship expected from all of us who play the game. What I need in a warm up session is just that, a chance to loosen up and get a feel for the often new court I am playing on. I hope you can do something in the future to remind your viewers of this perspective. Thanks John."

    If you play at a mid/high level I´m pretty sure your opponents have been analyzing your game since warmups (if not before that, i.e. watching you playing other matches, asking other players/teachers about your game). So you better start to look how your opponents react to your shots in every warmup. All you need to do is watch while the ball is on the other side of the court. Cheers.

  7. fsilber February 18, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

    This will be a good thing to do if ever I get to the point I can control the ball well enough to hit those shots at will in the warm-up!

  8. Richard February 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian. Post match from today. During the warm up( not my warm up, I did that off the court), I fed a ball straight at my opponent, he didn't get out of the way. So I did it again to him a few shots later, same thing. During the match, even slow loopy balls hit right at him gave him a hard time. Results 6-4; 7-6 (8)

  9. jim may February 17, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Ian, the MOST valuable lesson I have learned during warm up is how may opponent hits overheads. This an often ignored shot and is hard to practice. It lets me know how effective a lob game will be.

  10. John Gibson February 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Ian, I have enjoyed your videos, but this one worries me a little. The warm up before a match is a very necessary preparation, especially if you have traveled to a match site. I would not like to participate in a warm up session with someone who is trying to figure out my game, nor do I feel that any emphasis on this approach is in keeping with the level of sportsmanship expected from all of us who play the game. What I need in a warm up session is just that, a chance to loosen up and get a feel for the often new court I am playing on. I hope you can do something in the future to remind your viewers of this perspective. Thanks John

  11. Noushin February 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Many thanks for sharing your invaluable experience and knowledge!

  12. R T horsley February 17, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Nice video,good info for the beg/hacker player

  13. Richard February 17, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    On my way to a doubles match in an hour and these tips were a great mental kick start to my match prep. I too have read "Winning Ugly". A great, enduring instructional book that can be read over and over. Thank you.