Originally Posted by thecode
that would be cool if you run across it, thanks. He may be correct, but I just didn't think that was the origin of the term. Not a big deal of course.
Not saying that Paul Wardlaw invented the concept of inside shots and outside shots. In fact, some sources indicate that even the concept of directionals were used more than 20 years ago by other coaches for explaining high-percentage tactics in tennis. However, Wardlaw is credited with developing a more coherent & comprehensive system that he articulated much better than it had ever been before.
I do not actually know if the terms, inside shots
& outside shots
, predated Wardlaw's use of them or not. However, it appears the following USPTA
video's "definition" of the IO Fh is consistent with Wardlaw's use of the terms.