Originally Posted by sureshs
Oscar, good points. Thanks for responding in spite of all the childish distractions and name-calling on this thread.
Re: responding slower to a slower ball. When pros see a slow short ball, they seem to react very fast and attack, moving forward and trying to take away time for the opponent to prevent him from adjusting. If the ball is not short, they seem to seize the opportunity to immediately position themselves for an aggressive reply, sometimes readying a big swing. Club players react slowly to slow balls taking comfort in the extra time. Don't you think a slow ball should also elicit a fast and early response in order to dominate the game?
Isn't it the case that both slow and fast balls should be responded to equally fast and with early preparation and movement, only that the slow balls allow more opportunities for seizing the point in a proactive way, while the faster balls may allow only reactive responses?
Correct in many points. A top player will cut time in many ways. Except that the top ten or one hundred are not our audience and looking at this thread, so we are talking about amateur tennis. I sometimes do a drill where a groundstroke is hit at one baseline, the receiving player at the other baseline does a 360 and returns the ball. This drill has a different purpose than teaching to attack a slower ball. It teaches the player to track the ball after the bounce, and in the final stages prior to the hit.
Would you believe that many times they hit the ball even better? Of course, in MTM parlance, we always reinforce stalking and hitting across with the finish in mind.