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cadfael_tex
10-02-2005, 07:10 PM
I didn't see an article exactly referring to this (pun half intended) but I'm have trouble seeing the ball. The trouble is just before my swing. I seem to be loosing the ball just before I swing. Is there some tip or something anyone could suggest?

If there is an article forgive me and point me in the right direction.

Marius_Hancu
10-02-2005, 07:36 PM
might want check the posting I have in the Sticky
on
Watching the Ball

cadfael_tex
10-02-2005, 07:42 PM
Thanx Marius. I got lost in the argument on that one and was more confused than ever.

Marius_Hancu
10-02-2005, 07:46 PM
Thanx Marius. I got lost in the argument on that one and was more confused than ever.

then read the other two I just added there in the Sticky.

Marius_Hancu
10-02-2005, 07:54 PM
you have several choices:

to try to watch the ball hard all the time

to try to watch the ball with your peripheral vision (attentive, but not very hard) while it's farther away from you and to focus hard when it's closing to contact holding your eyes and head fixed on to the very last snapshot/position you can clearly perceive of the ball until after the hit

you'll have to experiment to see what really works for you

Marius_Hancu
10-02-2005, 07:57 PM
you need to find which is your dominant eye and to make sure you're focussing especially it on the ball

cadfael_tex
10-02-2005, 08:02 PM
Thanx Marius. Read those two new links. I think some if not a lot of the trouble I'm having is a loss of court awareness from not playing for so long. It used to be a strength but has not come back.

I know that I am loosing the ball about the time it bounces. I'll look into the dominant eye thing. I wear glasses now, I wonder if that could have something to do with it - ie when the ball goes under the bottom of my lenses. Whacky theory but sounds plausible.

Marius_Hancu
10-02-2005, 08:13 PM
I know that I am loosing the ball about the time it bounces. I'll look into the dominant eye thing. I wear glasses now, I wonder if that could have something to do with it - ie when the ball goes under the bottom of my lenses. Whacky theory but sounds plausible.

absolutely, esp as some of the latest frames are narrower ... I have the same problem on my computer: with narrow lenses can't see clearly both the display and the keeboard at the same time, without inclining the head

suggest to focus hard on the ball from the bounce on and be more relaxed/peripheral before that

nViATi
10-02-2005, 09:11 PM
try looking at the contact point until a second after after you contact the ball.
watch federer play and notice how he keeps his head still and keeps his eyes on the contact zone