- Feb 2016
I'll reiterate a little of what I said to Gozo in a DM.What NDH was meaning is after you serve (and want to maximize the use of your fh) that you should be at your bh corner... so you have more table ready to open with your fh.
What I was saying months ago that if you serve fh corner and want to use your bh (or fh with a slide step) that you should take a step to wards your bh corner after the serve... this gives you 60 percent of the table for your bh, and more for your fh if you do a slide step.
Staying in the fh corner after your serve gives you a bad low percentage chance for a bh if ball is returned to bh corner... it is way out of your zone so you get a miss or just push ball back, which is not to your advantage.
It all comes down to your strengths.
From memory, Gozo was quite backhand dominant a few months ago, so Der's advice would have been spot on.
However, from recent videos, Gozo is much stronger at initiating the attack when it's on his FH, and he seems to get a little stuck in a pushing rally when it's on his BH.
The classic "3rd ball attack" is an option on a lot of points at Gozo's current level.
Good serve, and then come in behind it with a nice topspin FH.
But to do this.... You can't serve and then centre yourself in the middle of the table, as you'll struggle to get your FH into action (which was evident in the videos).
The flip side of this is...... I have found that developing a very good backhand is MUCH more effective in matches than a good FH.
But these are all advanced shots, which aren't going to come overnight, and looking at Gozo's progression so far, he's going in the right direction!
Keep up the good work!