Your opponent’s grip directly affects the motion’s trajectory and the position adopted in order to defend from the baseline.
By watching their front foot you will also get some visual tips on how they are going to play.
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It is fundamental to understand the coming ball’s characteristics right when it leaves your opponent’s racquet.
Less expert players often get these characteristics only when the ball has already passed the net and bounced.
At that moment it will be too late and technical and tactic decisions will be affected by the little time available to get ready for the ball’s execution (stiffness, loss of balance and of the ball…).
Remember that when you play from the baseline there are two ball’s movements: one goes from your opponent’s racquet to the bounce and another one that goes from the bounce to your racquet.
Your current level of ability or your capacity to hit don’t matter, the key to a better tennis is the understanding of the game and the involved techniques.
There are many parts that are about tennis, the most important ones are: the technique, the tactic, the mental tennis, the specific footwork and the physical preparation.
These aspects go together with a player’s evolution, even though players can be stronger or weaker in some areas.
Use the correct learning process in order to play better. The learning process of something new can be frustrating.
It’s part of the human nature to stand still and become familiar with a certain routine or habit.
This can be particularly disadvantageous when it comes to learning how to improve tennis.
In tennis, amateur players often develop wrong habits with their shots, and usually the hardest habits to “break” are one’s weak points.
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It can activate emotional reactions (disappointment, embarrassment, rage, low intensity) and this can cause a poor and inconsistent play.
For some players, almost every mistake represents an emotional crisis. But the interesting thing is that ALL players manage mistakes at the same way when they’re playing well, “just because they turn around and act like nothing happened”.
Ideally, the best answer to mistakes is to feel challenged.