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By Larry Hodges | Oct. 31, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Anticipate an Opponent’s Direction

Larry Hodges Get in the habit of watching how an opponent hits the ball. Does he change direction at the last instant ever? Or does he commit early on to a direction, with the stroke and racket position showing where the shot is going? Most players stroke the ball in such a way that you can see where they are hitting the ball well before they hit the ball but most players don’t react to the ball direction until after the ball has been hit, losing vital time. Learn as early in a match as possible when an opponent has committed to a direction, and learn to move at that time. You’ll find that this is how top players can seemingly return smash after smash against weaker players while a top player’s first smash (better disguised) usually wins on the first shot.

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