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Three Secrets for
Destroying Pushers

John Yandell

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Get over it—pushing is real tennis.

"I lost to him but that's because he's a pusher! It doesn't really count because that wasn't real tennis!"

You've probably heard that one several times. Possibly you've said it yourself, either out loud or inside your head.

But face the underlying reality. That really was tennis and you really wanted to beat that pusher. And you experienced pain—along with damage to your self-image--when you did not.

When a player loses to an opponent he categorizes as a pusher, he can feel humiliated and desperate for an excuse. This is why we try to pretend that it wasn't real tennis or didn't count. How could you be "worse" than a player with no strokes who hits every ball 30 feet into the air?

In this article I am going to describe how to turn that humiliation, despair and denial into the only thing that will really help you feel good in the situation—victory! I'll outline three distinct strategies to do this, but strategies that can also be mixed together in matches.

The unique strategies are: Modified All Court Attack, the Mirror, and Drop Shot Destruction.
The Three Secrets:
  1. Modified All Court Attack
  2. The Mirror
  3. Drop Shot Destruction

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.