Originally Posted by Chang.Mike.Chang
Pretty much any decent level player can do it.
Which is why all pros take the ball of the rise, right?
Fact is NO, not every player can hit on the rise consistently. Players who have a talent for timing and have short backswings are the kind of player that CAN take the ball of the rise. Obviously taking the ball on the rise and being able to do something with the ball is a strength to have, so if any "decent" player were able to do this, then why don't more pros do this? Instead, you have Nadal and friends standing many feet behind the baseline. Federer/Davydenko/Nalbandian are pretty much the only great players at the moment who take the ball early and actually do something with the ball.
Look, you just have to take a look at yourself and ask if you feel comfortable with taking balls on the rise. If you don't feel comfortable, maybe you're just better off playing a bit further from the baseline, and nothing is wrong with that.