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good stuff, thanks coach. i hear on you when you ended in "for starters"... but can you be kind enough to elaborate on "knowing where to move instinctively" besides the obvious double-team the opponent that's hitting the ball (opp at net or groundies) while maintaining the correct distance from your partner thang. i know there's ton but one or two things for me to digest.
percentage tennis? error tolerance before you start taking over the whole court?
serve and volley a definite requirement, yes.
having an attitude "yes, i'm am trying to get hit" while at the net is a must too, i agree. Good stuff John. Although, i find that ramming it down the middle doesn't always work..?. establishing the down the line return (beginning of the match) pretty effective specially on 2nd serves - step in and take the ball on the rise with ball going over with low net clearance. doesn't have to be with lots of pace but more placement. (partner is aware of this of course) Opens up the middle, no? How many times do you allow yourself to get passed down the line until you cover line?
i noticed that the 4.0 level and up players are keen on changing directions with their shots for when you move early at net. super early step as if covering line then huge move to cover middle.