This sounds like the most basic advice ever given – be ready for the ball to come back! About 90% of players have developed the bad habit of hitting a good shot then just ASSUMING that it won’t be returned. Starting today, you must force yourself to be disciplined in thinking that all of your serves, flips, loops, smashes, and all other shots will be returned. No early celebration!
You are most susceptible to this problem when…
You are winning by a large margin – like 9:0
You are playing a lower rated opponent
You are fatigued
You are distracted
You have hit that serve or smash multiple times throughout the match and it hasn’t been returned
PLAYING at a high level begins with THINKING at a high level!