Whenever John McEnroe got behind in the score, he could always rely on using is lefty, “Can Opener” serve in the ad court to take his opponent wide and open up the court. What should you do against that – and other lefty shots?
Take Their Shot Away
As Hank Irvine counseled me after losing to lefty Don Keenan, I should have moved way over toward to ad alley to take away his favorite serve. Sure, he could try to hit the new opening down the middle; but that is not what he wants to do + it doesn’t give him the angle he wants.
Playing a singles match at Newk’s one year vs. crafty-lefty Joel Drucker, he was pounding me down the middle in the deuce court on his serve. My coach, Brian Gottfried advised the same solution – move toward the middle to take away his favorite shot.
Play The Reverse Spin
And on all “their” strokes, you have to remember the spin will be coming in the opposite direction you are used to. So a serve to your forehand will not be sitting out there where you expect it; but it will be curving into your body. Therefore, you have to stay on the balls of your feet and continue to move out of the way to hit the stroke.
At The Net
And remember, remember when you lob “them” or hit at the net during doubles, that they are lefty! How many times have we all lobbed over the wrong side and gotten a lefty overhead smash back in return?
What else to “they” do that we need to counter??
Speaking of crafty lefties, Congrats to Joel Drucker, who has just been named “Historian-At-Large” by International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Also, congrats to Ron Tonidandel and his son Jeff, who just the 2016 USTA National Ultra Sr. Father-Son Grass Court Championship
Sept 3 at the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, Long Island.
They also won the Nat’l Hard Court in June in Claremont, CA; so in Nov they’ll be seeking a sweep of all three 2016 Ultra Sr. Father-Son
Nationals when they play in the first-ever Nat’l Ultra Sr. Father-Son CLAY Court Championship in Sarasota at the Landings, Nov 15.
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