When you are pairing up with a doubles partner, the decision as to who plays the deuce and who plays the ad side is critical to your success (or lack of it). So, I am looking for input as to which way is better.
“Movin’ on up”
Next year, I will move UP to the 75s and for the first three tournaments, team with very solid senior lefty Matt Davie. We agree that for our pairing, “forehands in” (lefty in the deuce court and righty in the ad) is our strongest formation.
But for two tournaments in February, I will again have the pleasure of teaming with the very, very solid Hank Irvine. This last season, we also teamed up for the same two events, with Hank in the deuce court and me in the ad. We did that because Hank wanted me to be “comfortable” playing where I usually play – feeling that he could more easily adapt to the deuce side.
Where to put the Superior Player?
While we did fine (winning one of the two events), at Longboat Key, I watched Hank and Evert Jonsson win a semi-final match vs. the solid team of Tommie George and John Fournier. Hank played his usual ad court side and was so far superior to how I played that side that I question how we should team up in February.
While the great Roy Emerson feels the stronger/more consistent player should be in the deuce court to take pressure off the ad court player, I – and most people I talk with – feel that the better player should be in the ad court to help WIN the critical points.
As a righty, that would also put the stronger player’s forehand (Hank’s) over the middle for both volleys and overheads.
What do you think?
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