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Trying to improve my ability to receive balls to the middle, the zone where a shake hand player goes from backhand to forehand, usually more towards the shoulder.
Using a machine; topspin, one ball on the center line taken with the backhand, one ball 4-6" from center - at my shoulder - taken on the forehand. Play one or two balls to each place or another drill with random placement. I also include these balls in more game like drills.
Keeping a wide stance has helped, as does returning to neutral position. It seems I end up playing this ball late and close to my body. What is the best way to receive this ball.
I think you are on the right track. Making a decision for that ball is the real key. The more you can get that ball n the middle and decide whether to play it with a forehand or backhand the better and faster you will start to make that decision.
Also have your partner play some balls out wide so that you are not staying int he middle area only. After a while see if they can get you caught in the middle and then out wide by playing wide then to middle then finding the opening out wide again.
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