Direction of the stroke is related to the timing and angle of the impact point. The unwritten rule is that the ball will be following the direction to which strings of the racquet are directed to at the point when racquet intercepts the ball. Usually, in order to perform at their best, the players change timing of torso rotation to the ball while changing direction of the stroke
The movement as a task and its outcome can be influenced by multiple factors as players interact with environment adjusting, creating and coordinating their own psycho-physical responses and body movements depending on the task in hand (perception) and spatio-temporal constraints (action potentials)
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Initiating preparation for the stroke that is considered defensive not only influences the stroke mechanics but decreases the levels of forces used in the stroke production. By changing the perception from defensive to counter attacking, the player can neutralize the attacking intentions of the opponent, placing him/her to the unfavorable position at the court
In order to keep lateral momentum as a source of power, the player needs to keep the inertia (lateral direction) without pulling the breaks before the stroke transferring the linear momentum into the forward momentum
Creating the mental projections of future movement, before the physical response is initiated, is always dependable on the dynamic changes of the environment to which we have to be attentive constantly in order to adapt efficiently