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Do you  ever feel like you don’t have enough time  to place the ball well when your at the net? You feel rushed and pressured when you should be rushing and pressuring your opponent? Slow down.Well of course,that’s a no-brainer.How? Get a friend,practice partner,or hitter with them at the baseline and you at the net.When they hit the ball start counting to 5,with 5 being your contact.If they hit a little faster you can count a little faster,but you will see that you have more time than you thought.That will make you slow down.You may realize you were trying to hit the ball at 2 or 3,no wonder you felt  rushed.Next use this in a workout or practice match,before putting it into a match.After that you’ll only be counting your winners at the net.

When your opponent whacks a hard shot to you(serve,groundstroke,overhead) how do you react? Most players react with their arms or hands, taking them way back in a panic and then flailing them forward in a bigger panic.The result? Possibly a shot into orbit or at least into the next court,a 120 mph putt into the net,or at the very least an uncontrolled  shank.A better option? React with a slight shoulder turn and keep your racket in the hitting zone(where you anticipate the ball is going to bounce up to if you were going to catch it in your hand,or like a baseball batter keeping his bat over homeplate)The ball will rebound off your racket  back over the net (hopefully) and  then finish smoothly to your shoulder.You may just surprise your opponent enough to make  them miss the next shot.

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