– Hey guys, Scott from PlayYourCourt.com, and today we’re gonna
show you how to anticipate where your opponent is hitting the ball. All right guys, so today we’re
talking about anticipation. This video is for players with a PlayYourCourt rating of 50 to 70. If you’re not in our community,
you really should be, so definitely join us. But a PlayYourCourt 70
is about the equivalent of a USTA 4.0, so we’re talking
about 4.0 players and below. What I want to show you today, at that skill level and below,
there are some telltale signs your opponents are gonna give you as to where they’re hitting the ball. This isn’t the case when you get to the higher level of play. We’re gonna disguise a little bit better, but when your looking
at a PlayYourCourt 70 or a USTA 4.0 and below, there are some obvious telltale signs that your opponents are gonna
give you with their body that are gonna show you
where that ball is going. So the first one I really want to go over is your hip and shoulder position. So as a coach when I’m teaching beginners, what you’re gonna see is a step towards the
direction we’re trying to hit, and we’re gonna tell you as
a coach to line your hips, your shoulders, everything up towards what you’re aiming towards. And as a beginner or even
an intermediate player, the most comfortable way
to really figure this out is to step in the direction you’re aiming, so for your opponents at a rec level, if they’re hitting down the line it’s gonna look much
different than cross court. Down the line you’re gonna see
their hips, their shoulders, and usually their front foot square up where everything you can
see is pointed down the line which looks much different
than when all of this shifts more out wide to hit cross court. So when you’re in a
rally with your opponent, you’re gonna get a lot of information by just watching what they’re doing to see where the ball is going. If you see these hips and shoulders and even front foot close up, it’s pretty safe to say this
ball’s going down the line. If you don’t see this, then I don’t think you should be worried about
the down-the-line ball and expect a ball more towards
the middle or cross court. So let’s take this one step further when we talk about what your
opponent’s actually gonna do in terms of power and height over the net. Are they lobbing? Are they driving? I think what’s funny is when
I ask students that I coach, “Am I driving or lobbing?” You know the answer. I’m driving. Am I driving or lobbing? You know the answer. I’m lobbing, right? But what we’re not doing at this rec level is paying attention to those cues and identifying what
our opponents are doing. We’re so focused on ourself that we’re not looking across the net to see this drive stance
or this lob stance. So take this to the next level. Pay attention to your
opponent for two major cues. The first cue again hips and shoulders. Are they squared up to hit
the ball down the line, or are they going more towards
the middle cross court? And the second cue. Are they squared up to drive the ball, or are they squared up to hit
a weaker defensive-type lob? If you implement these
two cues into your game and really pay attention to
what your opponent’s doing, I think you’re gonna
find it’s a lot easier to anticipate where
they’re hitting the ball. Guys, I hope this helps. At PlayYourCourt, you
know Nate and I just want to see you improve your tennis game. This instruction obviously is for a very specific skill level, and what I’d rather do
is give you instruction that’s specific to your
exact level of play. So do me a favor. Click the button or the link below. Answer some questions for me about your specific skill level. We’ll get you signed up in our membership, and we’ll then send you
custom video instruction based on what you’ve got going on. Not only that, we’ll go ahead and pair you with some other local players
at your same skill level so you can get on the court and
practice some of this stuff. Just click the button or the link below, and we’ll do the rest.

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