Points to look for:
- The player is in his basic ready position, waiting for the server to contact the ball. He is hoping for a long serve that he can attack with a loop, but is also ready to move in case his opponent serves a short serve.
- The player is in a wide stance, with the left foot slightly in front of the right (i.e. a forehand stance). His bat is held above and behind the playing surface, and is in a neutral position (pointing about a foot to the right of the ball, so the player can play a forehand or backhand with ease).
- His opponent is serving from his backhand corner, so the player is standing a little further towards his backhand side. Since the player has a longer reach on his forehand side, that will also make the player stand a little to the left of the center of his line of play.