Stick ‘Em Up! Stick Tennis Stroke Play and Strategy


Hey there Stick Tennis enthusiast, In the next couple minutes we’ll cover some
Stick Tennis stroke play and strategy in detail. This is for the mobile version of the game. We’ll begin by looking at a few strokes
that are essential to have in your arsenal. Since most of the tennis players featured
on Stick Tennis are right-handed, the stroke play is detailed out for them. Learning to serve an ace wide so it eludes
the opponent is useful to know. To do this, when the player is to the right side of the
court, first throw the ball in the air by tapping the left thumb. Then, when you think
the ball is at its apex, with the left thumb, select a point that’s left on the screen but
somewhere around the service quadrant and tap again to effect the serve. This is demonstrated
next. Whoosh! Powering an ace down the “T” is another
good trick is to know. When a player is on the left side of the court, like before, tap
the left thumb to throw the ball in the air. When you think it’s up there, with the left
thumb select a point beyond the baseline but slightly to the left of the axis of the center
service line to power one down the “T”. Bam! It’s possible – but not necessarily easy
– to serve an ace down the “T” when a player is on the right side of the court. Serving wide from the left side of the court
is more tricky to master. Hot cross Shots!
Hot cross Shots! la la la la, la la la la,
Hot cross shots! You might be singing that if you learn how
to play cross-court shots well! To hit a cross-court shot that’s coming to the player’s backhand,
swipe the right thumb across the screen – from left to right. Like so. To play a cross-court shot that’s on the forehand,
swipe the left thumb from right to left. A drop shot is an incredibly useful stroke
to play. It’s achieved by dragging the thumb downward as you hit the ball. In the next video, watch how the lady in red
plays two consecutive drop shots against Martina Shankitova and then wins the point easily
with a powerful backhand winner. Now that we’ve covered some basic stroke
play, let’s focus our energy on strategy. It’s important to place the ball smartly.
Sometimes, seeing where the opponent is and trying to place the ball as far away from
them as possible is helpful. To this end, it really doesn’t matter which shot you play.
Just tap the position you’d like the ball to go in and if your timing is golden, the
ball will head this way. This is demonstrated in the following video:
Observe how Chris Cross-Court advances to the net but is then unable to play a well-placed
ball sent her way. As mentioned previously, a drop shot is effective.
This is so because it often draws the opponent to the net giving you the opportunity to muscle
the shot down for a winner. This is also useful tactic to employ if a
rally looks like it’s going on forever. It helps break the monotony by changing things
up – especially since some opponents are strong at the baseline. Note how the baseline rally against Moanica
Shrieker is broken by the clever use of a drop shot. Though the first serve often comes steaming
in. This is not the case for the second serve. This is the perfect opportunity to return
it back strong – and wide so that your opponent hasn’t the time to react. This is demonstrated next. Notice how Martina
Shankitova is blown away by the strong return of her second serve! Every now and then the opportunity to be at
the net presents itself. When this is the case, it’s important to realize that you have
to react quicker than if you were on the baseline and make sure the return angle for shots at
the net are as wide from the opponent as possible. Watch how the lady in red displays her prowess
at the net by returning a strong backhand to Chris Cross-Court. That’s it for the stroke play and strategy
folks! We hope you enjoyed watching this video! Please be also sure to check out the blog
post that details the ins and outs of Stick Tennis by by pointing your browser to the
URL shown on your screen. Thanks!

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