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How To Keep Your Eye On The Ball In Tennis

How To Keep Your Eye On The Ball In Tennis


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Keeping the eye on the ball is one of the most difficult thing to do in tennis, believe me ! You have to focus on each shot and to keep concentrated during all the match. But if you manage to do that, you will be surprise of your own ability to progress an hit good shots. Thank you so much for this video, and as other commentaries said, the most useful for beginners.

The most important words I've heard in this video is " balance is in our ear." How n where did you get this idea? Thank you for this lesson.

This was an absolutely great explanation. Really awsome!!! I would just add two reasons for keeping the head still: Once we had prepared early, all positions are fixed and memorized in relation to ourself position, so there's no need to look at nothing from this moment on. Another thing, is our sight field wich is reduced on small targets, we can only focus one small thing a time. That's, when focusing a tennis ball, we can not see even big letters or number that's writen in another ball some inches from it. Cheers!!!

Thank you for great tips! I'm having a bit of problem with the 2nd point – looking to aim at small targets. Sometimes, i'm more focused on target than the ball. Began working on it and your video helped very much. btw, you have beautiful technique. Cheers!

My coach tells me, 'The lines on the court don't move. You know where they are without looking.' Which is essentially what Tomaz is saying. Fantastic video. So helpful to me.

What I see you do is walk way too much towards the bounce positions of the balls. which makes you come out each and every time too close to the ball. So you hit the returns always with a bend and almost needing the space where you body sits to make it back to the sweet spot. So you are actually only able to play it back without any form of offense at all. You are making it easier for the opponent that way. I think after three shots and watching it closely you will see what I mean. You got enough length to keep more distance and that way you have to walk less too…while handing yourself more time to reposition and watch your opponent while regripping after watching his return from the ball bouncing from his racket you can keep watching it where it bounces while positioning and knowing you always walk too far into the bouncing…you better keep it back a bit and hitting it with a near to stretched arm….watching it bounce of again….and keeping your head as much positions the same as possible….etc…

Than you totally do not keep the eyes on the ball fro where it bounces until it bounces of your racket. That is a common error…and draws you into the need for defensive play lol. I advise keeping eye on the ball until it bounces off, while guiding your ball with your racket to the right angle you want to have it come from your racket…that way you can still steer it where your opponent isn't repositioning – like Federer – or to position it where he expects it for a nice rally :D. If you play like you trying to wear down your opponent, try Federer's technique so to say…and you will see it wears the opponents down even faster…since a failed run is less demanding that a need to fully undo a too hasty repositioning. 😀

Required viewing for anyone who plays or teaches tennis. Well done, Tomaz.

Here’s a trick I learned from Oscar Wagner on developing this same skill. Practice hitting the ball while closing your eyes at the point of contact. It defeats a lot of the instinct about moving your head with the stroke. The head stays more still, and it surprises players how little they lose in stroke execution, and gain in making consistently clean contact.

Great advice – however, how about in doubles, where you have the added variable of the opposition net player(s)? I have more difficulty doing this in doubles than in singles due to wanting to keep tabs on the opposition net player and not giving them an easy volley 🙂

Simple genius, thanks. I make the same mistake as I do when batting in cricket which is not keeping a still head when making contact with the ball and executing the shot properly. No need to look up as I know where the field gaps are (in tennis, where the big target is) and I need to hit the meat of the bat and not edge the ball (for a catch) for a controlled stroke (in tennis, hit the sweet spot and control the stroke.) Cheers

im not so sure about the last part. i remember from race driving, that its very important to look at the part of the track youre aiming at. but then again, turning the wheel is a lot easier and the track needs more precision, so…

Hey Tomaz I'm watching you pretty often and have to say my play is coming up. I want to ask you this,I'm about to get a basket of training balls,which one would you recommend me to buy?? Thanks

Excellent lessons and communication..true it is a project, never got one shot right when I take eye of the ball and seeing the opponent instead. Very practical and one of the best lessons ..

I have watched so many tennis videos here and this is the one I needed the most. Your teaching was clear and concise. No waste, no unnecessary words or joking. It was a perfect video. Thank you very very much.

Thank you, I took tennis lesson at the moment and this was from my instructor ask me to practice on. Thank you for the hint that it took you all summer to master it therefore i m not looking to master this skill overnight. 🙏

OMG this is SO helpful!! I have stopped doing this and now it seems so obvious TO do it! Great video. I will definitely start doing this every time i hit.

You really are such a great teacher, thank you for your videos..I've watched a few of them today and your tips re really useful. I've just started playing tennis and I'm more enthusiastic about playing after watching your videos..
Thank you

Just use a video camera to record the training. This helps to postpone the analysis of the shot to after the training and also helps to build up trust when seeing that the target is met without watching it.

Thank you for sharing this video , this is the first time I heard about not moving the head nobody had told me that before , even know I take private lessons my couch never told me that ? I wonder ? Is he good ?

Great video! Very logical and well explained. I've actually heard of one more reason why recreational players look up before hitting the ball. A study found that rec players are worried that the ball will be coming back to them before they are ready for it if they keep their eye on the ball. It's illogical, but that's what was found by researchers.

very good video, this something that I am working on and what a difference it makes! I also play ice hockey, though, where you are not supposed to look at puck while stickhandling and skating, you use peripheral vision to control puck. So, when I look at tennis ball and keep head still, I am still seeing court / opponent with peripheral vision. But, boy it's screwed me up playing both sports 🙂 look at ball, don't look at puck!!

Just want to thank you for all your videos. I have learned so much from your smart tennis teachings. God bless you for sharing.

Great thoughts to bring to the court. My question would be how this philosophy changes with doubles play where you need to be aware of two opponents

Thank you for your video. You're an excellent Tennis coach. I will look out and try to implement this lesson into my game.

hi Thomas, really useful explanation focused on what to me is one of most trouble during forehand strokes, not watch attentively the balls and focus our attention on the opponent. Thanks a lot..
Gian

Hi great video , I will like to know how or what to focus on when one plays doubles tennis, should one focus on the position of their opponent or focus on the ball and how to do what is necessary?

Definitely, by far it is the most useful, concrete and convincing tennis instruction I have ever watched. For sure, it will be my summer project. I do not know if it solves all my ball control problem but I am sure it can make huge difference. Great job. Many thanks and congratulations. Pls keep up such good works.

This discipline really is my stumbling block to being a contender. I get and move to the ball very well. Rugby/ soccer player skills but then I simply can't not look up !. Great advice but Wi need hypnosis maybe ! Does that work ?

Very well said…clear instructions and realistic guide fundamentally inclined…

I always thought you meant you had to pick which mental obstacle you suffered from and that was it: you were either an A, B, C or D. I am starting to realize that you can be 30%A, 10%B, 0 C and 25% D to end up being only 65% hindered by these mental hurdles. And because I learned tennis as a youngster, I have to think about "me-then" as opposed to "me-now". What did I think back then? Anybody out there agree with any of my points? Anyone sharply DISAGREE with them – and if so, which one(s) and why?

My trick is to think of the ball as occupying a spherical "hole" in space and after I hit the ball I need to see that "hole" after the ball leaves, before I look up. I say to myself "look after the ball" which has a kind of dual meaning. I am looking after the ball has left and I am looking after the ball in the sense of taking care of it properly.

In reality when the tennis ball comes our way we are looking frontward we see the ball, we see the court in front of us and we see our opponent, so in fact we are not really looking sideways. We should not look at the racket just before the contact point but looking at the ball and in this case we don’t look sideways and our head remains still frontward during the whole swing.

thank you! thanks for your effort at explaining the basics and reasons for doing certain things. it will help me a lot. I will work on it , I am sure you are an excellent coach .

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