Technique - Changing ball direction
Hi, I am a junior tennis player in Maryland, and I had a question concerning the contact point. I am wondering whether when hitting the ball crosscort (ie. changing the direction of the ball), should you do so more by swinging earlier, so you meet the ball later in the swing? Or, should you position your body so you are more or less facing crosscourt (when I say facing, I don't mean completely opening up your body to face crosscourt, I am still talking about turning, etc. to prepare for the shot...just lining up your body more crosscourt). I guess what I am trying to say is should you change the direction of the ball by varying where you strike the ball in your swing path, or should you adjust the position of your entire body (and therefore hit the ball always at the same moment in your swing) in order to hit the ball crosscourt or down the line? Does this also apply to angling volleys? I hope this makes some sense. Thanks.