The Timing of the Backswing Is Just As Important

by Michael on October 4, 2008 · 1 comment

in Technique, Tennis Tips

Every stroke has 3 basic – and obvious – parts. The Backswing, the acceleration, the follow-through.

When you watch the top tennis players they look like they hit the ball effortlessly. They hit the ball so clean and crisp, might have large and smooth strokes. In this article I am going to talk about the backswing in particular.

The backswing plays a major part in how would you hit the ball, and most importantly how consistently you the ball.

The transition between the backswing and the acceleration phase is extremely critical. There should be no pause between the backswing and the acceleration forward. The racquet head should not stop moving.

If you take your racquet back to early, and you pause the two long, you will find that you have a very jerky swing. You will also find that you try use your body to accelerate the racquet. This usually results in ‘spinning out’ of the shot. The ball will usually have an ‘inside out’ flight path.

Decades ago the technique was to prepare yourself early, take your racquet back, plant yourself for the shot, then accelerate through the shot. In today’s game, the technique is more like one single action.

To achieve an effortless swing, focus on the delaying the backswing to ensure there is no pause at the back of you stroke. You will find your body can stay in position for longer, your stroke will become smoother, and you’ll gain more power.

This is applicable to forehands, backhands and the serve. On the serve, the acceleration phase starts when your racquet is down the middle of your back. Your backswing and the height of your ball toss are important in having a smoother serve.

Try these few tips and let me know how it goes.


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Tennis Tips October 4, 2008 at 10:14 am

Why Watching the Tennis Ball is so Important

Watching the tennis ball while playing tennis is a bit of a wrong conception, or perhaps it just a shortcut for saying: look at the tennis ball when you tennis raquet is actually striking the ball. Instead many tennis players only watch the flight of the ball as it comes toward them.

Watching the flight of the ball works fairly well much of the time especially if the tennis ball comes to you in a straight line. It does not work if the ball has topspin, sidespin, underspin, or if the flight of the ball is curving due to the wind or slanting of the court. In addition, it does not work if it hits a crack or a dip or a bit of dirt. So, unless you are playing indoors on a brand new tennis court that has just been cleaned, against a player who only hits clean flat shots, you are going to have problems producting your long powerful strokes.

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