- ETI 006 Looking through the net
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Tennis is a game of “UP.”
Suzanne Lenglen, French world champion in the 1920’s, was trained by her father. And the story goes that they would have a tennis outing to a park in Paris, but, and this is an important but – they would play as long as she did not hit a single ball into the net. And the practice stopped (dead in its tracks) with her first netted error. Long, or wide and they continued, but the net was the obstacle to be avoided at all costs.
And even now, in drills with players of all ages, and this includes my super senior group of men, the most common, most vexing, most prevalent error is always netted shots.
But somehow because we can see though the net, most errors occur when we fail to lift the ball up and over the net.
It might simply be the visual illusion created by looking through the net. Really.