Lately I've been experiencing heavily aggressive play a lot. It seems like there is always one player who raises preflop to 3BBs or more very frequently.
They then follow up with a half pot or more bet almost every time. It's practically a guarantee if they're in position in a heads up pot, whilst there's a small chance that they won't c-bet out of position.
This type of player tends to either get knocked out or take the table chip lead soon after joining. When they do take the chip lead, they only get more aggressive.
The ways I currently deal with them are patiently looking for a nice hand or playing along in a very risky pot, floating up to half of my chip stack with air, and then pouncing at the first sign of weakness. The latter strategy sometimes loses me half my chip stack as I cut my losses due to a lack of weakness shown, and the action on the board.
The problem is, I can only currently choose between a tight strategy and a high risk strategy. I'm looking for something in between. A way to control the pot and force them to respect me.
How can I handle aggressive, relentless bettors?