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I'm a relatively tall guy, 190 cm. I also have quite long legs proportionally.
I'm an intermediate player, and I'm struggling to get my footwork right. In particular, I'm having trouble keeping my body "compact", as I'm not sure exactly how much I should bend my back and my knees, and how much I should spread my legs. Some more experienced players have given me the advice to "get down", as far as my face being almost at the same height as the net! My questions are:
For the ready position, is there an "ideal height" above the net or is it completely personal?
To get closer to the net, am I to "bend over" or to bend my knees, and to what extent?
If I'm to use mainly my legs, I will need to spread them _very_ wide, whereas I could keep them closer together (although still spread out) if I "bend over".
I think the body position is more about your own balance and ability to move quickly, rather than how high above the net you are. I like to encourage players to get down quite low. It is more about your legs than bending from your waist..If you bend too much from the waist you will put a lot of pressure on your back which is not good.
Your legs need to be fairly wide so that you have good stability. Take a look at our lesson on the Ready Position. This will show you what I am talking about. Think about this in relation to your own body.
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