Are You a Right Side
or Left Side Player?

Nick Wheatley

Are you a right side player or a left side?

Making the marginal gains that influence matches is dependent on understanding whether you are a right side player or a left side player. In this article we will show how to use a simple test to determine this based on the shot assessments you have already done from the first article. (Click Here.)

But first let's look at another factor that is fundamental to this: how crosscourt diagonals affect shot percentages. These diagonals include inside out forehands which are hit on a diagonal similar to the backhand crosscourt.

Why Crosscourt?

One obvious reason for hitting crosscourt is the height of the net is lower in the middle. Another reason is the diagonal length of a crosscourt shot is longer than a straight shot down the line, creating more space between you and the opponent's baseline.

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Nick Wheatley is an LTA Performance Coach and head coach at Hawker Tennis in south west London. His junior teams, the Hawker Jets, have won 44 competitions since formation, and over the last 2 years alone, his junior players have won 19 singles tournaments between them at county level.

He has been ranked in the top 75 nationally in 35 and over singles and in the top 5 in Surrey county. Nick has done video analysis for numerous players at all levels, including former British Top 10 player Marcus Willis.

His unique teaching video series, covering every aspect of the game, is available on his website

You can also contact Nick directly via the homepage of his website.

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