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.
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.
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.
3b. Left Hand On Throat – If One Handed Backhand – Helps to stabilize the racquet
4. Racquet Centered – keeps the distance the racquet needs to move equal for both forehands and backhands and helps keep the body relaxed.
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.
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.
7. Elbows Off The Body – puts the elbows in the proper position for later in the forehand swing.
8. Shoulders Relaxed – Helps to keep the rest of the body relaxed
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.
10. Weight Evenly Distributed On Both Feet – Allows for equally quick movement for running in either direction.
11. Knees Slightly Bent – makes it easier to push off the ground and allows for quicker movement to the ball
12. Weight Forward – Allows for quicker movement to the ball.
13. Back Straight – Puts less stress on the body and makes it easier to run quickly to the ball.
Key Points Summarized – Front View
Key Points Summarized – Side View