Warming up for a singles match at the Longboat Key USTA tournament, I stopped over at Sarasota’s Payne Park to hit on their wall before my first match; and was pleasantly surprised.
What had been a “nice, big wall” was now an even better warm-up (or practice) facility. Why? They had added:
• A correct-height net line,
• A 3 ft x 3 ft target box,
• A new fence behind the hitter,
• And it was big enough to have service box and court lines on the pavement.
Some people don’t believe in the value of hitting on a wall (Ernie from Ellington being one of them); but I really enjoy doing it. You can work on groundstrokes, serves, volleys, and even over-heads.
More to come another time on this subject.