You’re playing a competitive doubles match and you’re at the net looking at a high floater for a “put-away” forehand volley. Both of your opponents are at the net, just inside their service lines. Where should you aim your volley?
If you think about where your opponents are standing and tell yourself to “hit away from them,” according to Pelican Bay pro Joe Bartos, you’re giving your brain a mixed message. He believes that is like telling yourself, “don’t double fault” and you do.
Here are three opinions on what you should think/do:
• Joe Bartos – Aim for your right-handed opponent’s right foot, which is the most difficult spot to reflex volley back from.
• Pete Minarich, Pelican Marsh pro – “Aim for one of the three T’s … the center T, or where the deuce court service line intersects with the singles line, or where the ad court service line intersects with the singles line.
• Spike Gonzales, Wilderness Country Club pro – Recommends practices using plastic cones as targets; and then during the match, aim for the imaginary targets.
In other words, don’t tell yourself NOT to do something; rather, give yourself positive direction on what TO do.
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