- ETI 038 Dead Hands
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The 3 R’s of tennis – ready, read (where the ball is going) react!
As to your reaction – what precisely is your first move? What moves first, what initiates your preparation?
Really an important question. And the test to show you what your first move is as follows:
The server hits a strong serve to you (could be forehand or backhand) but halfway across the net the ball hits the tape – loudly. There was truly no way you would have known it would hit the tape, but in the moment from racquet contact to the tape you had more than enough time to read the ball and hopefully you reacted.
Dead Hands describes a type of (highly recommended) reaction where the opening move is simply a shoulder turn, but in one where the hands do not move up or down, but simply go along for the ride.
Develop this feeling and your strokes will be simpler, you will prepare more quickly, and someone might even tell you that, “Wow, you made that look easy!”