THE READY POSITION: is where you should and will spend a great deal of your time, so you should become very familiar with it! The most important benefit of this position, is that it gets you prepared to move in either direction and enables you to react quickly to incoming shots from your opponent. The knees should be slightly bent, the weight should be on the balls of the feet and evenly distributed. Your arms and the racquet will extend straight out in front of you pointing towards the net. This will enable you to move in either direction in a split-second and engages your muscles to respond quickly toward the ball