Net points are easy points in tennis. Learn tips for improving reaction time at the net in doubles tennis in this free tennis lesson from a professional coach.
Hi, I'm Jason Gerardo at the Gold Key Racquet Club in Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of Expert Village. In this video clip, we will talk about your reaction time. What's important, at this time, is that you are watching the player, the whole package and the details. Watch how the racquet is taken back, the shoulders and/or the opponents face. Whatever you'd like to look at here. I am now looking at how he is taking his racquet back, his grip, his shoulders and his position. This tells me what kind of ball he is going to hit. When I see his racquet come forward and see him strike, then I know what type of racquet speed he has and what kind of spin he could possibly hit. It also informs me as to whether it will be a hard or soft shot. This will help me to prepare for what type of ball that I must be ready for. For example, he hits the ball that I send him, and I see his racquet speed. I see his finish and I see his swing. I am able to prepare for my shot the best way that I can because I see it coming early. That's looking at a forehand return. Now, if we look at the backhand return with a server sending it down the T-position, we are going to see different things. We will see him taking his racquet back open or him taking it back a little closer for a drive. If you can pick up on this pretty early, you will get a quick jump on the kind of ball that you can possibly cross on. For example, the server serves to the T-position, takes his racquet back, stops and sees how the opponent's racquet is open. You then know that it is a slice coming back. That ball is going to hang in there a little longer. It will allow me to possibly close into the middle. If I see his racquet coming back a little bit flatter, I then know that it is going to be more of a drive. It will be more of an offensive return. This really helps me to get a quick read into the kind of shot that he is going to hit, real early.
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