The Clock and The Natural Hitting Areas

The Natural Hitting Areas

The Four Natural Hitting Areas where the player can straight hit, cross-court. side wall boast and back wall boast.

The player should learn to identify these areas before moving onto slice straight dropping and volley straight dropping. 

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These Natural Hitting Areas are presented diagrammatically by The Clock.

The Clock

 The player’s position relevant to the ball’s hitting (contact) area is achieved by: The Clock a diagrammatical perspective that the player uses to assist when identifying the natural hitting area: This perspective encompasses the ball’s approximate time position (circumference) which is the direction of the Step Hit the player has to take: The player’s radius distance (the hand of the clock) of the Step Hit which is needed to contact the ball.

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No matter where and how the player positions 12 o’clock directly faces the front wall. 

 

Example when the player straight slice drops

The Clock a diagrammatical perspective that the player uses to assist when identifying the natural hitting area for The Forehand Open Plane Straight Slice Drop.

The Clock Direction 

The player’s required direction relevant to the general hitting zone is achieved by: The Clock Direction a diagrammatical perspective that the player uses to assist when identifying the direction required to move to a General Hitting Zone: The perspective encompasses the player’s initial positioning within The T Area and a General Hitting Zone a time position (on the circumference) which is dependant on the opponent’s shot: The direction the player has to take (the hand of the clock) which is the distance (radius) to the General Hitting Zone.

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The Clock Direction is always relevant to the player’s position from within The T Area.

Example when the player straight slice drops

The Clock Direction a diagrammatical perspective that the player uses to assist when identifying the direction required to move to a General Hitting Zone for The Forehand Open Plane Straight Slice Drop.  

The  Clock Direction - Exception

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When the ball is positioned in the D5 Zone the player should not use The Clock Direction and take a direct path to the ball. Otherwise, the player will present front on which may encourage the player to use the forehand instead of the backhand and vice versa. Furthermore, this may result in the player being blind to the opponent. 

Instead the player should take a path to assist to get organised early into the classic side on position. This will encourage the player to use the forehand when hitting straight and similarly the backhand when hitting straight. This will allow the player to use The Clock to find the natural hitting (contact) area when playing straight. Furthermore, it is, unlikely, that the payer will be blind to the opponent.  

 

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