I enjoy the game, but I would like to have more control over the movement of the character and especially over the placement of where the ball will strike the court. I've tried a joystick, mouse, trackball, and keyboard, and I just can't seem to find the right control.
The mouse seems to work fairly well, but I find that I need a large surface area in order to be able to get from behind the baseline to the net and back. The trackball was not really usable as it required too much spinning of the ball. The joystick was OK I guess, but my joystick (a Wingman Extreme) has too much resistance (puts itself back to neutral), so it wears out my wrist; a more passive joystick might would work well. The keyboard gives me pretty good player movement, once I get used to it, but it does not seem to work well for controlling ball placement. With the keyboard, in order to hit the far corners from the middle of the court, I have to hold the arrow keys (left or right) down for a long time before the ball is hit and then afterwards (while holding down the strike key). When I should be able to strike the corners in a match, it just seems impossible to do with the keyboard consistently. The mouse worked pretty well for this, but required quite a bit of horizontal movement to get the ball all the way over to the corner. Not having this ability is very frustrating when the CPU player comes to the net -- I can't get the balls far enough to the side to get past him, so it is almost impossible to win the point in that situation (I try lobs, but he almost always gets to them).
If anyone has tips on getting optimal player movement and ball placement, please share them with me. In the meantime, I'll keep trying to get better with what I have. If there is a particular device (mouse, joystick, etc.) that works the best for this game, please let me know.