recovery position and maintaining a good court position.

oreo47

New User
hello

I was just wondering if anyone knew some general tips technical and tactical for helping players to recover and maintaining a good court position.

thanks
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Recover towards the center of intersect with regards to your strengths and weaknesses considering you opponent's likely placement of shot.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
hello

I was just wondering if anyone knew some general tips technical and tactical for helping players to recover and maintaining a good court position.

thanks
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.
 

ubercat

Professional
Given we re tortoises. Could we simplify it to take one x over step back to the center when recovering. After that yr probably shuffling or running to the next shot.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
If you don't understand my answer, you probably should just play more and worry less about tactics.
 
C

Chadalina

Guest
hello

I was just wondering if anyone knew some general tips technical and tactical for helping players to recover and maintaining a good court position.

thanks
Florian did a great video, you want to be as close to center of your opponents potential axis

 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
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.

And if I hit a really good shot, my recovery position is "get to the net."
 
hello

I was just wondering if anyone knew some general tips technical and tactical for helping players to recover and maintaining a good court position.

thanks
- A low center of gravity and being on the balls of your feet help you move in any direction quickly
- Some people can "snow plow" into a recovery while others have to take a couple of extra steps to decelerate
- The shot you hit contributes to how much time you have: obviously, a deeper and slower ball will reach the opponent more slowly than a flat and short one. Time is just as important as space
- Take big steps: at this point, it's not a tennis game, it's a foot race. If you can't even get back into position, it doesn't matter how good your form is. The small steps come at the end when you are about to split step to get ready for the next shot
- It's not just about lateral movement; see the Spanish X drill
 
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.
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.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
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.
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".

But I find in singles that the number of CC rallies I get into are minimal. If I hit the ball CC, 90% of my opponents will hit the next ball DTL. If I hit DTL, 90% of my opponents will reply CC. So I'm generally moving that way as quickly as possible. Everyone wants to make the opponent run for some reason. I generally just go at the BH corner relentlessly until I get an opening.
 
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