What is the latest advice from the on air pundits and professional coaches that I can put into my game?
Great question! When I watch recreational players, I see some of the same issues that touring pros face. Too many singles shots in the net, usually when they are out of position. Here are some tips from world class authorities:
1) Tennis pundits and pro coaches use the terms “Rally Ball (RB)” and “Aggressive Shots to Conservative Targets (ASCT)” frequently on the air. Recreational players need the same advice.
RB means a ball that has no business being anywhere near the level of the net. Typically, you are out of the center or off balance at the baseline and your shot selection is not appropriate. Loop or floater are the correct selections. Like the chant at a basketball game, “D-D-D-D-Defense!”
2) ASCT: EVERYONE, pros included, goes through patches in which the confidence/accuracy in your aggressive shots is dips. ASCT means to try that same racket speed a few times down the middle of the court to the T to get your confidence back. If you are still missing after that, slow the racket and use RB’s (see above).
If you need help with these, ask your local pro.