Originally Posted by Buddy
I'm a 4.0 USTA dubs player. When I stroke forehands or serves for example, I try to hit hard without reference to the ball's flight clearance over the net. I think it is too much focus on hitting hard and being satisfied that the ball is in (depth and direction aside).
I think it was Vic Braden that would have people hit through actual windows above the net.
Does anyone focus on height over the net and if so, how does one train/practice both mentally and physically without aids.
According to Braden, the pros hit much higher over the net than most observers realize. To my recollection, Braden said that Connors (who hit very hard, flat, penetrating groundies), hit 4-5 feet over the net, and Borg who hit heavy, looping, topspin groundies), hit 8-10 over the net.
Having said that, IMO, targeting height over the net is the only way to effectively hit the depth you are trying to achieve.