If you cannot match up with your opponent with speed or spin, then you need other weapons. One of the best ways to beat faster and more powerful players (“bashers”) is with ball control. Just as an all-out attacker uses his serve and receive to set up his attack, a ball control player uses serve and receive to take control of the rally. For him, it’s all about ball control, placement, and shot selection. If he’s able to use his ball control to make the basher uncomfortable, he’s won the battle. So how do you do this?