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How Do You Beat A ‘Better’ Tennis Player?

You mean there’s more than one way? Yes, there is; and yes, you really can beat a tennis player who is supposedly a ‘better’ tennis player than you are. Before I tell you how, though, I want you to imagine this:

Imagine that you could stop time at the exact moment that your opponent hit a tennis ball toward you. Would that be great, or really great? Let’s see what we could discover about what our opponent is going to do and exploit if we could magically stop time. First, we could discover the following:

o We could tell where the ball was going; this would allow us to get into position, and once we were in perfect position, we could ‘start time’ again and hit an awesome shot, because we’d be ready for it.

o We could analyze our opponent’s position on the court, and decide where we wanted to hit the ball – obviously, to a spot on the court that would make it difficult for our opponent to return the ball.

o We could see what type of spin was on the ball, and be ready for it.

o We could see where our opponent’s body position is relative to the center of the baseline, and perhaps try to ‘wrong-foot’ our opponent.

There are all kinds of things you could do, and in this ‘magical’ scenario they would all help us to win a match. There is, however, one thing that this scenario would allow us to do is ‘steal time’. What I mean by that is, even when you magically ‘started’ time again, the same number of seconds would continue to tick off, and we’d still have to properly execute the shots that all the above ‘analysis’ allowed us to be ready to hit.

There is, however, a way to steal time from you opponent. What I mean by ‘stealing’ time is giving your opponent less time to react than normal.

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