In Part I, we focused on watching the ball come off the opponent’s racquet. In Part II, we need to focus on watching the ball bounce. What can we tell and expect from this? First, we must recognize and go back to our lessons on gravity in high school, that as an object gets closer to the ground, it moves faster than it does flying through the air. Our preparation in getting ready must include this. What else do we need to recognize? We must remember from Part I, that our opponent is most likely putting spin on the ball. What does a topspin shot do? It bounces higher than a flat shot while an underspin shot will bounce lower. We have recognized this in Part I, but we must be prepared for it now.
In Part III, we will focus on watching the ball at the point of impact and some tips in how to accomplish this.