Originally Posted by sureshs
Waiting too long for the bounce is a bad thing. As early preparation as possible is the key. You can become complacent if you play the same people over and over again, and will experience discomfort if a higher-level player shows up. So even in rallies and casual matches, it is good to notice the direction of the ball from as early as possible and start preparing. Waiting till the bounce and then reacting slowly is a no-no.
As I understood other postings an early preparation starts with turning my shoulders. That seems to me needs to start asap. Then keeping a racket with both hands in a front of me and tracking the ball is the next phase. Right before the ball is bouncing start taking a racket behind and dropping the other hand. Does that sound more or less correct?