Watching Wimbledon, I keep noticing how commentators are praising players for having “soft hands”. Soft hands – that’s a strange expression, isn’t it? I think it means “skilful hands” – being good not just at whacking the ball as hard as you can, but also good at drop shots, disguised lobs, angled volleys and so on. You can see why it caught on – it carries a sense of knowledgeability and expertise. I don’t remember hearing it before this year, though; I wonder when it was coined and by whom?