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Hello Alois and Jeff,
After several years of training, I can play a good spinny forehand topspin and I am happy with this stroke. Last year, when I played matches, my opponent returned the ball too long out of the table.
Now, the level of my opponents is higher and the returns come on the table and not out of the table.
My coach tell me this : "you have made a good forehand topspin and you're happy! You look at the opponent and you are not ready for the next shot." And this exactly what happens now during matches. (This is the same with my services. I have worked hard and I often make the point with my service. But when the ball comes to me I'm not ready for the next shot).
This is easy to say that I have to go to the "ready position" but I don't do this.
Can you give me a tip. How to deal with these balls keep coming back to me?
Thank you in advance.
The key here is tracking the ball continuously. This needs to start in training. So for a period of time in training, just focus on tracking the ball. If your focus is on this you won't be getting ahead of your self or behind by still thinking about your serve or shot you jus played.
This will take some time and there will always be times when it still happens. The more you practice this, the better you will get at staying on task. Your body will naturally move into position for the next ball because of what it is seeing.
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