Standard advice is to recover to center of angle (bisection of angle covering the extreme forehand and backhand directions with vertex at the opponent). So they say that if you hit a CC forehand, recover to 3 feet from the center line (towards where you are). If DTL, recover to 3 feet beyond the center line on the other court. But in reality for many rec players who otherwise are stuck in reactive mode, just trying to move back to the center is enough. Advanced players will use anticipation and may not recover according to the above rules but stay close to where they are if they are sure the ball will come there.
- A low center of gravity and being on the balls of your feet help you move in any direction quickly
The quicker my opponent is, the more likely wrong-footing him will be effective.My recovery position is to run to the most open court. Why? Because 90% of my opponents hit to open court. You've got to wrong foot me a couple times before I believe you understand directionals.
Well wrong footing someone generally means you hit back in the direction the ball came from. For the most part that's following directionals. It may be unintentional as the opponent may just be trying to be "tricky".The quicker my opponent is, the more likely wrong-footing him will be effective.
I don't think it's about directionals so much as momentum.