1. Thanks for the mention, Chloe!

    I rallied for an hour with a former Davis Cup player 2 days ago and in order to hit a clean ball at such high pace that I was receiving, I focused on seeing the ball well after the bounce (which I call the snapshot) and not moving my head as I was swinging through it.

    That’s all. I can’t see the ball at the point of contact, it’s way too fast. But if I don’t move my head, my eyes may pick up more information of the ball flight even though I am not aware of it, hence by brain can make a better calculation of the swing path and timing.

    I also don’t disrupt the stroke since my head is not pulling away. That’s really all there is too it, it’s just not easy to achieve that calmness in the mind as you’re receiving a fast ball.

    Note that it’s actually the anxious mind that usually pulls the head away from contact point therefore one must calm the mind too and not look at the concept of watching the ball purely from mechanical perspective.

    • Thanks for your input Tomaz!

      I agree. I was at the US Open last year watching the pros practice and it was clear they were keeping their heads down long after contact – longer than they were in the matches I watched. It is probably easier to do in a relaxed environment when the stress of the match isn’t causing them to pull their heads up a little sooner and when they don’t need to worry as much about where the next ball will be. So focusing on this in practice is a great idea to get in the habit of doing it as much as possible. And yes, you summarize this well by saying the still head helps us see the ball a little more clearly as well as keeping our strokes undisrupted.

      I really appreciate your great videos and articles at Feel Tennis!


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