Recommendations for Zone B

Recommendations for Zone B

Zone B

This is a transitional zone because after the stroke from there the players move to Zone A or C.

Subzone B1

First Case (see diagrams below)

The player implements a volley. From here generally the player hits a “first volley” when s/he moves to the net.

Recommendations

1. Play a deep ball because:
- if you play a drop shot, the speed of the ball is slow and the distance to the net is long (between 7 –11 m.) and it is easy for player Y to reach such balls.
- normally the speed of the ball coming to player X is high and therefore it will be difficult for the player to shorten the ball very well. Generally, an attempt for the player to play a short ball can lead to the loss of the point because the ball goes in the net or is not short enough and it is easy for the opponent to reach the ball.
2. If player X implements a low volley, player Y has to make 1-2 steps forward to the net. Doing that, player Y can easily reach the short ball. If the ball is deep, won’t be very difficult for player Y to reach the ball because the ball in such cases is slow.
3. When player X can attack, the direction of the ball has to be cross court.
4. In some cases when player X is next to the service line, at positions X1 or X2 and can not implement a wining shot, s/he can play in the center because after the stroke the player can easily close the court by moving forward.

Second Case (see diagrams above)

Conditions:

1.The ball is at position X1.
2. Player Y is at the center.

Recommendations

1. Player X has to move towards the net when s/he implements a drop shot because:

- after such stroke the ball's bounce is low and opponent Y can not hit the fast ball;
- player X has enough time to get into the best position while his/her opponent runs for the ball;
- player Y can not play a drop shot because player X will be close to the net.

2. Player X should play the drop shot ball cross court in order to maximize the distance the ball is from the opponent after the bounce.

Subzone B2

Conditions:

  1. The ball is at X1.
  2. The opponent is at Y1.

Recommendations

1. When you are close to position X1, the best decision is to play down the line rather than cross court because after the stroke you can get into the next best position faster and at the same time the opponent has to cover a longer distance in order to reach the ball.
2. If you play a drop shot, the best decision is again straight because the distance of the ball is less than if you play cross court and your opponent's distance to the ball is farther.
3. You can implement a winning shot cross court but the speed of the ball will be slower.
4. When the ball is at X1 the recommended opponent's position is at Y1 about 0.9 m (3 feet) from the center shown in the diagram above.

Subzone B3

First case (diagram below on the left)

Conditions:

  1. The ball is at X1
  2. The opponent is at Yp

Second case (diagram below on the right)

Conditions:

  1. The ball’s position is at X2
  2. The opponent’s position is at Yp

Recommendations

First case
1. When the ball is in a position close to X1 the best decision is to play down the line rather than cross court because after the stroke the player can get into the best position faster and, at the same time, the opponent has to go farther in order to reach the ball.
2. If you you play a drop shot the best decision is again to play down the line because the distance of the ball to the net is less than ball's distance cross court.
3. The recommended position of player Y is about 0.9 m (3 feet) from the center
Second case
1. When player hits the ball cross court it is better to go back than to go forward after the stroke because:
- the distance from position X1 where the ball is, to the next position on the net the player must move is almost 1.5 time farther than it would be to move to a position on base line;
2. From X1 the drop shot is better to play down the line.
3. The position of player Y2 is about 1.8 m from the center.
4. When the player can't implement a fast shot, when the ball's position is at X1, the best decision for him/her is to play a drop shot ball, because the distance of the ball is short, the distance to his/her next position is short and the distance to the opponent's next position is longer than his/hers.
5. The down the line zone is small and if the player prefers to play here he/she has to be sure that s/he will win the point directly.

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