Originally Posted by rufus_smith
During the pre-match warm-up, I will hit several groundtrokes by hitting the ball way out in front of me, more so than I would in the match. Really helps me get off to a good start on my groundies.
Sometimes in warm up, I will pactice some serves standing about one foot inside the baseline and try to not fault. I think it forces me to get more arc or spin on the ball to get the ball in the serve box in a shorter distance. I think it helps to prevent long faults, my nemesis, when doing proper serves.
Rufus Rios used to do that with his serve in warmups, while at the same time holding four balls in the toss hand, each one to be tossed. Another example of the extraordinary control in RIos' hands.