Loosing the Ball at last minute

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  1. cadfael_tex

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    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.
     
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  2. Marius_Hancu

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    might want check the posting I have in the Sticky
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    Watching the Ball
     
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    Thanx Marius. I got lost in the argument on that one and was more confused than ever.
     
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    then read the other two I just added there in the Sticky.
     
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    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
     
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    you need to find which is your dominant eye and to make sure you're focussing especially it on the ball
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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
     
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