#19 Climbing The Ladder
How you hit a ball matters but where you hit it from matters more.
Court position is a much-discussed part of our sport but it has always been a grey area shrouded in opinion and guesswork.
Since the launch of Hawkeye data in 2006, we have seen concrete evidence that playing closer to the baseline has a direct correlation with winning a tennis match. And what is most interesting is that there is no set percentage that a player needs to aim for – just that it needs to be comparatively better than the opponent standing on the other side of the net.
Time and time again Hawkeye data confirms that the player who makes contact around or inside the baseline is at an advantage over their deeper standing opponent.
I like to call this tactic “climbing the ladder” – taking continuous small steps forward to improve court position up to and inside the baseline.
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