Tennis - Anticipation
Early Warning Systems, What Is It?
The radar early warning systems in computer games, calls
your attention to an incoming missile or enemy attack...and
you take evasive, defensive or aggressive action. Boy, would
this be useful in tennis!
Some players seem to have that kind of radar; Pete Sampras,
Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Martina Hings to name a few.
In lay terms it is called "anticipation", in the players above
it is almost an inborn factor that they naturally just use.
For us regular humans it is something that one can learn and
How does it function? There are several other factors that
influence "anticipation" but I am going to focus on just one;
Teachers often keep on telling pupils to "watch the ball",
I say, "track the ball". Professional players track the ball
from the moment it leaves their rackets to the moment the
opponent strikes it and so on. Why tracking and not watching?
Because when you track the ball your minds eye automatically
produces a directional vector of the ball's trajectory from
the point of impact to the point of landing, therefore, giving
your brain the exact coordinates where to go next.
There are different levels of tracking reactions, beginner,
amateur and professional.
- Beginner; the ball is struck by your opponent, travels past
the net, bounces off of the ground and at that moment you
- Amateur, the ball is struck by your opponent, travels a
few feet past the net and then you start reacting.
- Professional, the moment the ball is struck by your opponent,
you react and move immediately in the direction the ball is
going to bounce.
So when practicing, get used to activating your "early warning
systems", track the ball from your racket and the moment your
opponent strikes it, react immediately. Once you start using
this new weapon in your game, you will notice that you will
have plenty more time to get to the ball and you will eventually
begin to beat opponents you thought were out of your reach!
Hope you will enjoy becoming a "faster" player. Have fun with
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