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Playing Against a Left Hander

Q. Left-handed players seem to be the most difficult to play against. The spin on their serves seems to cause returns to go in every direction, except the direction you want. I have tried to let it bounce and hit it late and early - no help.

Even the strategy to play against them is much different. I tried to play as though I was playing someone with a fantastic backhand - no help. I have the shots, but lefties are a strange sort. Any suggestions?

A. One reason that playing against left-handers is difficult is because we are not used to practicing against them. Interestingly, many left-handers also are troubled when playing against fellow lefties.

On the professional tour, when a player has an upcoming match against a left-hander, they make sure to practice against a lefty to prepare. You might borrow from this idea. The more you compete against these “strange sorts,” the more comfortable you will become.

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