Overcoming the angle of I & R - tennis is back in action today!


Yep, the Angle of Incidence & Reflection is the posh way of saying the ball wants to rebound off the racket at the angle it approaches the racket.

When changing direction (ie: going down-the-line off a cross-court ball) off a slower ball, angling the racket face appropriately is enough - ie: direct the strings down the line and the ball will go down the line assuming a good contact.

If however the ball is faster we have to overcome the A of I & R by:

  1. adding more speed in the racket and/or
  2. over-compensating with the contact point and racket face angle

Could be one to practice today if you get a chance to get on court!!!