|Pro Tip: Who's Beating You?
by Owl Creek Staff
We've all run into "pushers," or steady players who just get every ball back in the court. These players can be frustrating to compete against because they make very few mistakes and it's not often that you can win a point without putting pressure on them.
To beat a pusher, you must be very patient. Pick your shots wisely and put pressure on your opponent to finish off the point. The common mistake most players make against a pusher is to try and force the point and hit a winner before it's time. What most people forget, is that a pusher simply gets the ball back in play and typically poses no real threat with their shots. This means if you can be patient and not go for too much at the wrong time, you should have success. Don't feel the pressure to hit winners or to take control of the point too quickly, as this is exactly what pushers rely on. They expect that you will beat yourself trying unnecessarily difficult shots.
When you're having trouble beating a pusher, stop and ask yourself, "Are they beating me, or am I beating myself?"
|Looking for a Match? We Can Help!
Are you looking for other tennis players to play socially? Or, are you in town for a visit and looking for some match play? Although most of our play here at Owl Creek is league based, we know there are interested players looking for more informal match play and we can help you find them.
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|Meet the Staff: Ramel Bautista
A Virginia Beach local, Ramel is a 1996 graduate of Tallwood High School and a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was an avid player during his academic career and still participates in leagues throughout the year.
With nine years of active duty service, Ramel has lived in Hampton Roads for the better part of 30 years. When he's not teaching, he enjoys reading and working out, with lots of stretching after long days on the court.
Ramel is a fantastic instructor. He's great at pinpointing and voicing what a player needs to do to improve his or her game. He is a great motivator, very positive and fun on court, and thrives on watching people develop their skills.
Ramel explains his teaching philosophy: "I believe in repetition and hitting a lot of balls. Tennis should always be fun." When asked why he teaches, he said, "I love the game and enjoy helping others improve their game or just learn how to play, no matter the age."
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Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
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