You walk on the court to play a match and go to the baseline to start the warm-up process; but your opponent is standing near the net, asking you to come forward and use the “small ball” warm-up.
For me, I really prefer to first hit groundstrokes from the baseline to loosen up the big muscles and get my feet moving. But others argue that you should first work on the smaller muscles and the hand-eye coordination.
Naples teaching pro and friend, Spike Gonzales says, “While small-ball warm-up has become popular, especially on league teams, I believe players have the right to use our limited warm-up time with traditional baseline rallies. If either player wishes to start at the baseline, then that format should be engaged.
“Just like stretching, calisthenics and jogging are the option of any player wishing to get fully prepared for match play, small-ball hitting is an option for off-court pre-match activity (with or without the match opponent).
“I often use small-ball rallying for lesson preparation, but tell my students they should be psychologically prepared to do full-court procedures for match play.”
Which one do YOU prefer?
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