Wardlaw's Directionals

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Heroesque, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. Heroesque

    Heroesque New User

    Nov 24, 2009
    I read this: http://hoskinsjohn.bizland.com/direc/

    but now I'm sort of confused
    I understand it, but I don't get why it "works"..

    Could someone explain it to me why his directionals work? Without an explanation they seem sort of..arbitrary to me.
  2. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

    Mar 31, 2008
    Simply they work because they are the easiest way to hit the tougher shots, by using the court dimensions to your favor, and allow you to be more aggressive on easier shots for you to handle.
  3. dlesser13

    dlesser13 Rookie

    Dec 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    It's just playing the percentages.
  4. Blake0

    Blake0 Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2009
    Basically, its talking about what you should do in a cross court rally.

    1.) Hit it back crosscourt, safest shot of the three.
    2.) If you get a ball that is more toward the middle during the crosscourt rally, you can step in and drive it in the other corner, which is a pretty safe aggressive shot to hit.
    3.)Hitting a ball dtl from a crosscourt rally, is the most aggressive out of the three, but is the riskiest.

    Let me go in more detail about #2.
    When you're rallying cross court, from your forehand to your opponents and back (assuming your right handed), your position you go back to after each shot is not the middle, but a bit to the right of the middle line mark, because that is the middle of the court according to where you hit it and your opponents options. So during a cc rally, if you get a ball that isn't as angled and more to the middle, step in and hit a backhand to the open court. You're hitting a backhand semi-crosscourt so its a pretty safe shot, and the angle of the ball you need to change isn't as drastic as #3. Opposite for backhand rally crosscourt.

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