a practice partner to rally ground strokes with
you. After a while, evaluate whats happening.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Were the balls played with topspin, slice,
or were they flat?
2. Am I ready for the balls, taking most of them
early, or am I late? Do I let the ball drop or
take it on the rise?
3. What can I do to make my partner hit out of
his/her comfort zone and hit me a short ball?
Am I always looking for that short ball?
4. Where am I standing to take the ball? What
kind of court position do I revert to under pressure?
5. Am I recovering to the baseline ASAP if I have
to move backwards?
Remember that a ball taken early takes response
time away from your opponent. Giving your opponent
less time to react usually affects his/her ability
to make the best shot selection. A good way to
practice taking the ball early is to stand inside
the baseline and rally with your partner who also
is hitting from inside the baseline. If you hit
the ball early with lots of spin, you will maintain
control while being aggressive.