You are playing someone and they (intentionally or unintentionally) give you a really short ball with no pace, that bounces almost straight up in the air. And you blow the shot. Why?
As a follow-up to an earlier posting, “Hurry up and wait,” I have missed this “sitter” too many times to count. I think it is the angle of my racquet face vs. the trajectory of the ball that makes the difference. I usually like to put topspin on most shots; but end up “framing” the ball on that little sitter.
Picture the ball having reached its peak on the vertical bounce and starting to come down almost straight to the ground. And here I am trying to hit “up” on a ball that is coming down. It is a very small margin for error.
Better I think to do two things: Try to hit the ball at the peak of its bounce; so it is virtually sitting on a Tee (like in old Tee Ball Baseball). And try to hit it a little flatter (without over hitting it). If I can do that, the Sitter becomes a Putaway.