Originally Posted by SystemicAnomaly
Expertise differences in preparing to return a tennis serve
The study above indicates that expert tennis players focused primarily on the shoulder/trunk area during the ritual phase of the serve. During the execution phase
, expert players focused primarily on the racquet
, while non-elite players tended to use more cues (their eyes darted around more, looking at the ball and different parts of the server).
Yes, I agree with you. I remember I attended a seminar by someone who specialized in this, and studied where the eyes were focused during play. The pro players that she tracked watched the opponent's torso at the start of the serve, then moved their vision to the right arm (of a right handed player) during the toss, and finally followed the ball up to the server's contact point.