But how hard SHOULD you hit the ball?
My New Hampshire tennis buddy, and former teaching pro, B. Manning and I have discussed this many times. In a situation where you are returning serve in singles and are ahead 0-30, or you have worked the point and have an open court to hit to, you want to be aggressive, but not too aggressive.
On an Aggressive Scale of 1 (whimp) to 10 (belt it as hard as you can), I would argue you should limit your power to about a 6 or a 7. For B, he feels it should be more like a 7 or 8.
The Answer is 6.88
But my friend has given me a great mental cue to say to myself as I get ready to hit that return or ground stroke… “6.88”
What that says to my brain is: be aggressive, hit the ball hard, but not so hard as to not keep it in play and be out of control. It ends up giving me just the right mindset to play the critical point well.
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