- ETI 015 Lobbing along the line of your shadow
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In addition to consistency, control, spin and power, much less trying to produce your best tennis when the chips are down, a large part of the game includes your precise awareness of the conditions – meaning the direction of the wind, as well as the location of the sun.
The next time you are on court with the sun high in the sky, but equally when it is at your back, take special notice of your shadow. As the sun moves through the sky the line or alignment of the shadow will change.
But (THIS IS IMPORTANT) when you see your shadow pointing exactly across the net toward your opponent, try the following.
Bring her (or him) in with a short shot, and then put a lob up in the air exactly in line with your shadow.
Not an overly high lob, not a winner lob, just an average lob, but exactly “into the sun.” I believe the results will surprise you.
And once you get the hang for this particular strategy, use if often, use it wisely, and if at all possible use it on the biggest of points – I was on the receiving end of one such play years ago and learned my lesson – though it took a few years for it to sink in (stubborn at this end)