STROKE TIP : How to Control the Ball & Reduce Errors
Never hit harder than 75% !
When you hit the ball or go for a put-away shot…you should never swing harder than 75% of your potential.
When you swing harder than 75% (80-100%), mechanically you will do something wrong. This is true for all sports. Therefore, you will tend to hit the ball out half the time. What will go wrong? You won’t stay down as you hit the ball, you’ll lift your head, flick your wrist, take your eye off the ball, etc. When you swing at 75%, you will not try to over-hit; therefore the ball will stay in. Yes, when you swing your hardest and the ball goes in, it will most likely be a winner, but you will hit it out 50% of the time. By swinging at 75%, 3 out of 4 balls will be winners. Therefore 1 out of 4 will come back (so be ready) and hit again at 75%. Probability wise, you will win the point over 90% of the time. That’s a lot better than 50%. Hitting a winner on the first shot is thrilling and exciting…and you look and feel good, but only 50% of the time!!! Winning the point over 90% of the time is much more thrilling and exciting…and you’ll look and feel like a much better player
LESS IS MORE : Don’t add more motion to your swing than needed.
Many people have large backswings and follow-throughs. Players snap their wrists when they volley. Keep your form simple. It is too much to time a moving ball with a lot of motion from the player. Also, if you have a lot of extra movement in your body and swing, it’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong. Keep things simple, and you will perform and play much better.