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Tip of the Day - Don’t Telegraph the Direction Of Your Attack

By Larry Hodges | Sept. 24, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)
Larry Hodges

Don’t Telegraph the Direction Of Your Attack

Many players telegraph the direction of their attacking shot. Often, the opponent isn’t sure how he knows where you are going, he just senses it. That’s because when he sees the same stroke pattern resulting in the ball going one way, and another stroke pattern going the other way, it becomes habit to react to it – even if he isn’t sure specifically what in your stroke is different. (When you recognize a person’s face, do you consciously see the distinct features that make this person’s face unique?) So try to keep your shots identical as long as possible, and even use misdirection. For example, if you set up for a forehand shot as if you were going to the right (for a right-hander), your body might face to the right. At the last second, whip the shoulders around, and go to the left. Or try hitting the ball "inside-out," where you set up as if you were hitting a forehand cross-court, and at last minute hit the inside of the ball (relative to you).

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