Originally Posted by Power Player
No you just can feel it out with who you are hitting with. I just try and warm up by sending balls down the middle anyway. I keep them deep and get up to a standard match rally ball so I can work on the heaviness & consistency of it.
So if I was sending you pretty heavy top down the middle, but not trying to hit you off the court or move you around, would you do the same for me? That is the way to think about it. I also say sorry if I am late and hit a winner off that by accident.
I just feel out whoever I hit with, but I do prefer a guy who can hold a 20 plus ball rally. It really develops my fitness and just fine tunes my consistency.
Another way to think about it is I work on strike zones. the best hitting partners hit to you but don't always put it right in your zone. so you are seeing a lot of high balls that you would see in a match from a better player. It is tiring to hit shoulder high balls 30 straight times, but it will make you a better player.
I think having a down the middle rally in the "avoid" zone will probably work with one of the better players who knows when to take it easy and isn't always trying to prove something (and achieving the opposite). I've run into plenty
of players who after landing a shot a couple of feet wide, will take the very soft, feed-like shot I just hit back to the center keep the rally going & meant to be a cue to reset the point, and hit it into the opposite corner while I am still making my way back to the middle. A lot players just don't get it. I also apologize if I accidentally hit a shot too far off the center from a feed, but it doesn't keep them from trying to kill a feed.
Anyways, I like the idea & will try it out with the right player. Thanks.