Originally Posted by 35ft6
I can hit more accurately when people are at the net. I'll hit lines and spots I can't hit unless there's that kind of pressure on me.
Me too. The mind likes a target. When a guy is at the net, the mind is given a target by the opponent, otherwise you have to pick a target.
As for hitting better on the run, I think it's about the lack of pressure. You're expected to put a ball in play that comes right to you. If someone draws you wide players tend to swing more freely and loosely, which is the foundation of a good ground stroke: being loose.