Tennis is usually a reflection of the emotional tone level and the technical knowledge or “feel” of the individual. Learning from the emotional “tone scale” research by L. Ron Hubbard, we can see where the individual places himself to play tennis. Anger or fear, apathy, interest, enthusiasm, anxiety; some people are ingrained in an emotional tone level, while others can move up and down. Some are cause over the situation, some are the effect of it and may go up or down with the score.
In general, human beings operate between apathy and enthusiasm, and those more accomplished or savvy, between action and serenity. There are also social levels adopted where the person wants to look good, such as being conservative or polite. Technique heavily affects performance. Good technique breeds confidence. Emotional tone level adopted determines the operating state.
The more knowledge on both subjects, the more the person is empowered to play the ball with confidence, the more ability the player sums up to string a direct line between cause (his handling of the ball or stroke) and his placement of the ball.
Professionals usually operate across a gamut of tone levels, the most predominant being action in which the player intends to be quite serene, with attention mostly engrossed in tracking the ball, finding it in a peculiar and familiar way where he can strike it with their favorite action.
That is the essence of Modern Tennis Methodology: it teaches you, in the correct order of importance of 1) tracking of the ball, 2) the action on the ball, 3) the finish of a stroke, which leads to a completed cycle of action and to a recuperation in a most efficient, most natural manner without having compromised the stroke. All the while, the mind is calm, while the person, in aggressive but well-controlled action, has all of his force and responsibility in achieving maximum effect, through power, spin and racket angle, to place the ball at will.
There is a delicate balance between timing and execution, best achieved when the player KNOWS the relationship between the two.
Because human beings love to strike, they usually go into the hitting phase too early. There are a few variables; one-hundredth of a second too early and the result is different. The ball jumps out of the strings. Rather than utilizing a direct contact, top pros “massage” the ball across the strings while accelerating the racket, which itself transforms the hit into spin and power. Even though the ball stays on the strings just thousandths of a second, it has been observed to travel across the strings ¼ inch or more rather than rebounding straight forward.