Tag Archives: Carl Danner

Carl Danner’s Improvement Keys for Attackers

Players with attacking styles often reach a plateau at about an 1800-2000 rating, a fairly advanced level where they may have most of the strokes but little success against stronger players. From this point on, further advancement tends to depend … Continue reading

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Pro Tips from Carl Danner: Serving Direction

Serving deep becomes progressively more risky as you advance in level. Top players can loop any deep serve regardless of spin, because their strong strokes overcome it and substitute their own topspin. Yet quick deep serves have a definite place … Continue reading

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Learning From Mismatches By Carl Danner

You may find yourself matched up with a much weaker opponent in club play, or a tournament early round.  While such players’ games may not challenge you very much, you can gain something by focusing on serve and return.  Your … Continue reading

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Running Out of Gas by Carl Danner

Towards the end of a match (or tournament), you may tire without recognizing it at first.  You might miss some shots because your footwork lagged, or from being late with your strokes.  Sometimes fatigue can explain an otherwise mysterious loss.  … Continue reading

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Forehand Basics

By Carl Danner Let’s review a few basics for any forehand topspin shot. Start with your weight balanced over your feet, in an athletic position with your legs bent a bit. You should have a back and front foot, the … Continue reading

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Be Like Ariel

By Carl Danner New United States champion Ariel Hsing is a welcomed addition to the JOOLA family.  She is the leader of a growing group of young American women making their marks on the national and world scene.  Like most … Continue reading

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When To Give Up On Your Strength

By Carl Danner Most players have favorite shots, and preferred locations at which to aim them.  For example, players with strong backhands often feel they should win backhand to backhand counter-driving rallies against almost any opponent.  Strong spinners may feel … Continue reading

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Two approaches to close games

By Carl Danner In the old days, many 21 point games were runaways in which one player took a large lead, and coasted to victory.  Today’s 11 point scoring doesn’t allow that luxury, with many more games decided by a … Continue reading

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