GETA Coaching Corner
by: Phil Levkanich "Lefty" and Gary Marshall "Rookie"
Get to the Ball Quicker
|Many recreational players wait too long to determine where their opponents shot is going before they start their own movement for their shot. Most wait till the ball has crossed over the net before they make their first move. Some players don’t move at all thinking that the shot is going to land out. In a baseline rally, waiting till the ball has crossed the net cuts down the amount of time you have to prepare to hit your own shot by half.
With the speed and power of the professional game, world class tennis players have to react within fractions of a second after their opponent hits in order to stay in the point and have the chance to hit an aggressive shot of their own. In order to do this they need to cut down on their own reaction time. One way to do this is to react and begin moving when the ball is a foot or so off your opponent’s strings. This not only works with groundstrokes but with returns of serve, volleys, and other strokes. Give this a try in practice and see if it makes a difference…you will be amazed at how much better prepared you are.