Section 02 – The Ready Position Key Points

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The key points of the ready position are:

1. Bottom Hand Holding A Forehand Grip – Will only need to switch grip when hitting a backhand, which for most players, will be less than 50% of the time.

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2. 30 Degree Bend In Wrist – Helps keep wrist locked and puts racquet further in front of the body when contacting the ball adding power and consistency to the shot.

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3a. Top Hand on Handle With Backhand Grip – If Two Handed Backhand – The top hand will not need to be moved down to hit a backhand and the grip is already correct so the hand will not need to be moved at all.

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3b. Left Hand On Throat – If One Handed Backhand – Helps to stabilize the racquet

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4. Racquet Centered – keeps the distance the racquet needs to move equal for both forehands and backhands and helps keep the body relaxed.

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5. Racquet Off The Body – Puts the racquet into a better position for later into the forehand swing and makes it easier for moving to the ball.

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6. Top Of Racquet Slightly Below Eye Level – makes it easier to see the ball, especially if using a semi-western or western grip. This is also the right height for the racquet during the swing.

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7. Elbows Off The Body – puts the elbows in the proper position for later in the forehand swing.

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8. Shoulders Relaxed – Helps to keep the rest of the body relaxed

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9. Feet Slightly More Than Shoulder Length Apart – This allows for the proper amount of balance which will lead to a more controlled swing and faster movement to the ball.

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10. Weight Evenly Distributed On Both Feet – Allows for equally quick movement for running in either direction.

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11. Knees Slightly Bent – makes it easier to push off the ground and allows for quicker movement to the ball

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12. Weight Forward – Allows for quicker movement to the ball.

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13. Back Straight – Puts less stress on the body and makes it easier to run quickly to the ball.

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Key Points Summarized – Front View

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Key Points Summarized – Side View

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