December 13, 2021 - Attacking the Middle is Different and Often Better Than Attacking the Corners

I've written tips on attacking the middle, but it can't be overemphasized how important this is. It's likely the most under-used rallying tactic at the intermediate and even advanced intermediate level. Advanced players don't have this problem - it's usually their go-to spot. What are the advantages of attacking the middle?

  • If they cover the middle with the backhand, you simply go more toward the forehand. And vice versa.
  • When you go to a corner, the opponent instantly knows if he's going to play forehand or backhand. When you go to the middle, there's that split second of indecision as he decides which shot to use, leading to mistakes and fewer aggressive returns.
  • Most players drill mostly from the corners, and so aren't as comfortable playing from the middle.
  • You don't have to guard against an extreme angled return.

So, stop middling about and play the middle!