how to slow down the ball?

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  1. nhat8121

    nhat8121 Semi-Pro

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    you know that movie Wanted...where that dude can see things in slow motion. I wanna do the same thing to the tennis ball...how do i go about this?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Easy...
    Have the most god given talent of anyone to start...
    Practice correctly, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 6 years. Now go play someone a level below your ability.
     
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  3. nhat8121

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    it seems like federer can see the ball in slow motion too
     
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  4. kiteboard

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    Time stagger, by increasing the speed of your read, and the speed of your reaction to the read, and getting into the unit turn far earlier, which gives you more time to hit the ball. Intend to slow down time, by increasing the speed of your prep, and your read: Ts = Sr x Rs


    http://www.mindpowernews.com/SlowDownTime.htm
     
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  5. subz

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    get in good shape, that means a lot of off the court training. When you are physically fit , you can move quicker on the court. And then practice a lot, sleep well and eat well :)
     
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  6. Bagumbawalla

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    Try playing under water with scuba gear. You may need to inject the ball with some heavy fluid to keep it from floating to the surface.

    I imagine you will be hitting mostly volleys.
     
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  7. Zefer

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    You can make it feel half the normal speed, if you;

    1) can read the game twice as quick (mental).
    2) you react to the game twice as quick (physical).
     
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  8. Zachol82

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    It all has to do with how fast your eyes can perceive moving objects and how quickly your body can react to it. Some people have natural god-given talents and can follow a fast ball extremely well.

    However, for the unlucky majority, you'll have to spend a lot of time practicing.

    Simply put, the more you are exposed to fast-paced shots the better. Your eyes and body will naturally get used to the speed and you'll be able to see it in "slow motion." If there is one thing amazing about living things, it's the ability to adapt. Use that to your advantage!

    As for what to do, you can use a ball machine and set it to the fastest pace and shorten the interval between each feed. If you don't have access to a ball machine, find someone who can consistently hit fast-paced shots. If you can't find anyone who can does that, get 2 buddies and get a rally going with 2 balls at once.
     
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  9. Heroesque

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    Well, I'm working on this pair of goggles...
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    If you want to go about this systematically use a ball machine.

    Every time you fill up the hopper, turn up the speed a little.

    It's amazing how even over the course of an hour the eyes/mind/body reacts. Balls that seemed fast at the start now are slower than routine. Keep it up over a period of weeks and the difference is amazing. Keep it up for years at 3,000 balls a day and you have Agassi's boyhood training mechanism under his crazy dad's instruction.
     
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  11. TnTBigman

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    It's all mental imagery. As in closing your eyes and seeing a play in slow mo, or going into a dark room and breaking down a play in slow mo. Jordan used frequently in practice (to and at his peak. I saw it a documentery, and he actually had a specific coach for this exercise) and it helped it to see the ball better aka no look possesion. Some are born with it. The rest of ya'll :D gotta practice it. It won't surprise me if competitive athletes are using it. Anything to seperate from the pack to get that edge. Establish the mind conection, then the body-mind, use it more and you've got it (or something close to it).
     
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  12. Jay_The_Nomad

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    Ah it's very easy.

    You press SQUARE+L1+L2+R1+R2 just as the ball bounces off the court.
     
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  13. larry10s

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    with the ball machine or find players younger and better than you. the ball comes faster .you get used to it. you play your regular opponents the ball seem slower.my experience im 56 up until 1-2 years ago played men mostly 60-70. no pace great touch and control. got into a club most guys 35-50. tough in the beginning returning serves handling the pace. did not play any older men for 1 year. when i did i felt i had all day to do what i wanted with the ball. its like the return serve drill where the server serves to you from the service line. when he goes back to the baseline it seems loike you have all day.
     
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  14. nhat8121

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    sounds like i have to go find players better than I am to play with...boy this is gonna be tough

    what about staying really relaxed and keep your eyes on the ball until contact...this would make the ball seems to slow down?
     
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    It's being in the zone. You can't make it happen.
     
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    It's mostly footwork and nice, early preparation. Now that I'm older and lost a step due to age and about 10 steps because I can no longer move one of my feet due to some nerve damage, I can attest that the ball comes at me much faster now that I don't have the quickness I had in my teens and 20s. Certainly conditioning yourself to relax is a big part of it, but work on your quickness, speed and, most importantly, good, disciplined and modern footwork.
     
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    Listen to this guy. Make your read faster. Watch the stick of opp. Split step out of your read and unit turn faster, giving you more time period.
     
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    You have to figure out how to transform to a Super Saiyan
     
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    I'm with kiteboard and supineAnimation - practice a more efficient first move to the ball. With earlier preparation, you'll find yourself waiting on the ball more often and getting a better read along with a more balanced swing once it shows up.

    Too often we get away with only moving and swinging on time with an incoming ball, but once a faster shot comes to us, we can't get ready for it. That's when rallies are reduced to rushed swings at the ball with much less consistency. A quicker setup will get you away from playing catch-up with the ball.

    Push yourself on the practice court to move and prep your strokes well ahead of every ball you can, even the relatively slow shots. Once you build that instinct for earlier preparation, you'll be able to hit more shots with a smooth comfortable tempo. This is a huge key to being able to play with more pace along with better consistency. Instead of swinging harder, you'll merely set up and swing earlier.
     
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  20. skyzoo

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    hahahaha....

    One thing I have learned from baseball is a technique were you write numbers on the balls and have someone hit them to you (First Serve, Topspin forehand) and try and read them saying it out loud. You will soon acquire the skill with enough practice to actually read the number off the ball. Helped my baseball swing tremendously. Hope this helps
     
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  21. kiteboard

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    Listen to this guy.. Said it better than I did.
     
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