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I play against a lot of people at work who stand up straight and hit tricky spin shots. I know you guys have covered spin in detail, but I haven't seen this specific question addressed, which is:
How do you know what spin is coming at you so can prepare for it in the middle of a rally? Should you watch the opponent and his or her stroke to anticipate the direction of spin before the shot is even hit? Or should you just watch the ball? I have near-perfect vision but still have trouble figuring out the spin direction by just looking at the ball.
Watching the ball is crucial. That will give you the best information. It may take a while to be able to react and adjust to the different types of spin, but watching will give you the quickest improvement.
Watch especially when you make mistakes and see where the ball goes off your bat. This will give you better information for the next time you see the same shot come at you.
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