Technical question about back court offense Posted on May 3, 2017 at 12:20:36 PM by jsolo
I've been watching the FM Star Matches (as well as one can, given the video quality, but it's taught me to watch the players if I can't see the pelota and also to listen closely for catches and two wall shots that arent' really visible). I've noticed a lot of long two wall shots by Lopez and Ekhi. Also that Del Rio seems to go out of his way to use forehand and overhand shots. Three questions.
1. Am I seeing more long two wall shots in these Star Matches than I see at Dania? If so, how much of that is because FM is so much longer of a court? And how much of it is due to talent?
2. Is the strong use of forehand shots one of the marks of talent of a back court player? Is the underhand backhand more or less a way to keep the point going, or are they thinking about chulas or chic chacs?
3. What is the proper mix of offense/defense for a back court player? I noticed (how could you not) that Lopez will simply take over a game and start scoring winner after winner (if he gets in front of the 10 line, its pretty much the end of the point). Does it have to do with temperament, talent, point situation, all three, as to when a back court player decides to turn on the offense?