September 7, 2016
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Watching the ball vs. watching your opponent
It dawned on me after my discussion with someone in an adult tennis drill that many players watch the ball more than they need to. Although we know that it is very important to watch the ball during contact (just see below on how Roger Federer does it), many of us take this to the extreme by watching the ball move towards their opponent. By focusing on the ball, there is little chance that you can predict what kind of shot will be hit by your opponent. For example, I would see players move forward after hitting a lob that is falling short and about to be smashed by the opposing player. The danger of getting hurt is definitely a concern of mine while running drills but also the ability to be in a good position to hit the next ball gives a higher chance for success. So in recap, are you watching the body language of your opponent or the ball while playing? Give a closer look at your opponent between shots and you might start seeing some tendencies that you didn't know they had the next time you play!