Do you not agree though that you can have your hips and feet turned toward the net person and still watch the server? It would seem to me that it is just two extra steps you have to take when you can already be in that position before the ball is served.
If you turned with hips and feet facing the the server, once he strikes the ball you then have to pivot both feet to the net person and as most if not all of us have footwork issues at times...doesn't it just cause an issue where it doesn't have to be? There is nothing the server can do to you at that point. Your focus it seems would be on the serviceline first and then the net person.
P.S....how did I do Cindy?
Originally Posted by LuckyR
There are two issues addressed in the OP. One is positioning (where are you standing) and the other is where you are facing (what are you looking at).
I agree with Cindy that the position should be the best one if the netman has a play on the ball (you could cheat the other way on a 2nd serve, but I don't, personally).
The OP seems to be speaking more about where the netman should be focusing. I first concentrate on the server, since knowing where the serve is going is the first priority (way, way before worrying about the opposing netman) since I am going to change my positioning depending on where the serve is going. As the next logical extension of that, calling the service line is the next priority. After the serve has landed in the box, then and only then do I concentrate on the netman. Of course I do agree that at that point (but not before) the opposing netman is a higher priority than the server.