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February 1, 2001
Increasing your speed in tennis


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This months lesson on speed in tennis is special to me.  Mainly because as a player that was my forte.  I was short, but fast.  Come to think of it, I still am short! :)  The technique in this months lesson is one of the reasons why I seemed to possess extra speed.  It served me well in my tennis career.  I would like to give this technique to you, so that you will have an opportunity to understand one of the secrets to speed on the tennis court.


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Increasing your speed in tennis

Welcome to Tom's Online Tennis Lesson, sponsored by TennisWarrior.com, "your link to professional thinking."

If you would like to get a jump on the ball the Direction Reaction Technique will do wonders for your game.  The Direction Reaction Technique is your ability to react to the direction of the ball from your opponents racket.  Keep in mind you do not know exactly where the ball is going you just see a direction and go! The ball could be going upward, to the left, to the right, etc.  Here are two things that may come as a shock to you.

  1. Even the pros do not know the exact destination of the ball.

  2. However, most people can quickly read the direction of the ball from their opponents racket.

That's right the pros do not know the exact destination of the ball, they only have a general idea of the direction and they are off running.  They analyze the exact destination of the ball while on the run.  From practice this is all done quickly and instinctively.

Unfortunately most players have conditioned themselves to stand still and analyze exactly where the ball is going first, then decide to run. They have unknowingly reversed the process!  You must practice reading and reacting to the direction of the ball from your opponents racket immediately.  Not sure you can do this?  I disagree!  As stated above most people can quickly read the direction of the ball from their opponents racket.  The problem is, you read the ball fast, but you have not conditioned the body to react to that information.  You have the DIRECTION part of the Direction Reaction Technique, but there is a breakdown in the REACTION part of the Direction Reaction Technique.

How do I know you read the direction fast?  Simple, every time your opponent hits the ball watch what your eyes and  head do.  Your eyes and head will immediately follow the path of the ball.  I have seen this phenomenon over and over again when watching my students cover a lob.  I will usually yell, go, go after the ball!  They look at me and say, "I never knew that it was going to be a lob!"  I look at them and say, "then why did your head immediately follow the ball upward right over your head?  Think about that, they are looking up at a ball saying, " I don't know where the ball is going."

Yes, you definitely read the ball from your opponents racket much faster than you think.  The key to improving your speed is to practice following your head like the pros.  If the ball is hit to the right and your head moves that way, make sure your body is moving with your head. If the ball is hit to the left and your head moves that way, make sure your body is moving with your head.  Whatever way your head moves make sure your body moves with your head.  If while moving after the ball, you see the ball going out, then you can stop.  The Direction Reaction is designed to make you react to the direction of the ball exactly the way your head and eyes do.  Test yourself the next time you play to see if your head is moving, but your body is staying in one spot.  If you are, get off your dear derriere and get moving!!!

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