Women: Key Issues
Rowden Fullen (2004)
Quite simply women cannot hit the ball as hard as men so they will achieve less topspin
With less topspin women have less on-the-table control
It is crucial in the women’s game that the loop is either very short or very long. Good length is critical
In the women’s game the behaviour of the ball after the bounce is more unpredictable
It is expedient in the women’s game that the players’ attention is directed towards the value of the shorter stroke
Timing is vital in the women’s game. The timing ‘window’ in drive-play is extremely narrow, between ‘peak’ and 1 – 2 centimetres before.
It is essential too that women can convert – change from topspin to drive and vice versa at will. The ability to loop several balls in a row is not a prime requirement in the women’s game.
In the women’s game the vital importance of spin on the first opening ball (and good length) cannot be over-estimated. This creates openings.
The ability to open hard against the first backspin ball and not just spin all the time is a vital asset in the women’s game.
Never stop girl/women players receiving with the BH from the middle (or even the FH) it’s done at the very highest level.
From an early age girls should learn to open and play positively on the BH side
Early in their career girls should train till they are at ease in the short play situation, aware of the various possibilities and able to gain advantage in this area.
Strong serve and 3rd ball are essential elements if women are to reach the highest levels.
Receive tactics are of prime importance in the women’s game.