Birdseye view


When we first start playing tennis, we take a look at the ball then we peek at the net to measure our stroke height and distance. If you are guilty of this you will know by hitting on a court without a net...its difficult.
I was told by a teaching pro who observed me hitting as a novice, "When you shoot pool you have to look at your target all the way through the stroke to be good. Tennis is the same way. Sure you might peek before the hit, but during the stroke you should not look up until after the ball clears the net. Then you minimize your off center hits."

The key to being a great athlete is being able to see the whole field or court of play without seeing the whole court or field of play. It's like you are looking down on things from a crow's nest. You develop that third eye.
So I suggest,in order to correct your muscle memory away from net measuring,for the first 10 minutes of practice don't look up at all after the stroke. Have your partner tell you were the ball landed and see if matches up with your mind's eye or birdseye view.

The rest of the practice you can look but hopefully you get to point where your lookie lou's are delayed more and more until the ball crosses the net. The more you trust your proprioceptive vision than with an idiothetic frame of reference the better you will get on the tennis court.

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