There as been a lot of discussion on here about depth vs angles, along with many aspects on this topic. The discussions have been difficult due to various definitions each individual seems to hold on their idea of great depth (extreme depth), so for this thread, we will use the definition found in a couple instructional books of "the back 3 ft of the court" up to the baseline
, as well as often seen in instructions and diagrams. Hi Tech Tennis
recommends to be at least inside
5ft of the baseline. If you think 4 feet is ideal, then I guess you are close enough to that extreme depth definition, but greater than 5ft away from the BL
, then you will be in the group that agrees that less depth can be useful and even more desirable when it comes to depth for rally shots and mid ct ball attack attempts for this discussion.
Now please understand, I'm not agreeing with the idea of "great depth" defined above, but just providing a definition
for a frame of reference on how this has been taught thru the years. I think even most Touring Pros miss too much when going for the great or extreme depth within
4-5 feet of the BL and many rec players are shooting for the back foot or so.
I'm in the camp
that believes in hitting "well short of the BL" or for a more moderate depth.
The idea is that shots will land in or near the triangles
of course, but more to the point, the deep cone marks your target line from where your shot is contacted, as well as the max depth we will hit for. We will often hit slightly deeper than the deep cone due to catching the ball strong and aggressive, but that is the purpose of the margins of error built into the triangle. The 2 short cones mark an area that we generally seek to exceed form a gate if you will, to hit into the triangle and are on the shorter side of things to account for times when we are in position to go for sharper angles. As a general idea, we should hit more for the deep cone when looking to work the court more vertically and hit closer to the shorter cone section of the triangle when looking to work our shots for more width.
Originally Posted by slowfox
Hey 5263: Based on your specs, this is a scale image I made. Look okay?
Blue = Smart Targets
Red = Avoid Area