The D5 Defensive Zone
The Defensive Front Zone - D5 (This Zone is not a Defensive Zone for the female Elite Player).
The player must zone the court into The Defensive Zone.
The D5 Zone is Defensive because of it's proximity in relation to The T.
A perspective of the D5 Zone in relation to the other Defensive Zones.
The Zone is Defensive because of the player's proximity in relation to The T.
The player may see the opponent on The T but cannot risk an attacking drive. Remember this is "My Strategy" and not necessarily Gaultier's.
The player when in the front Defensive Zone should adopt the natural tactic of hitting the ball high and slow, either straight or cross court. For example, when the player is in the D5 Zone the player hits the ball high and straight.
The player when in the front Defensive Zone should adopt the natural tactic of hitting the ball high and slow, either straight or cross court. For example, when the player is in the D5 Zone the player hits the ball high and cross court.
Examination of the D5 Zone
Similarily, as with the D3 and D4 Zones, there is an obvious problem when always adopting the tactic of lobbing from the D5 Zone.
If the player always lobs from the front, although returning to The T, the opponent can wait at the back and respond with a boast or drop shot.
Therefore, as with the D3 and D4 Zones, the player should intermittently use a straight drop (a natural tactic) for defensive reasons as a substitute for the lob. It does not matter whether the player is blind to the opponent or not. For example, the player is blind.
For example, the player is not blind to the opponent when the player sees (peripheral vision) the opponent on The T.
When the player is in the Defensive Front D5 Zone and the player can see the opponent shadowing behind the player should play an attacking cross - court drive.
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