Thanks to Ian Westerman, of EssentialTennis.com for this idea. One of the biggest power robbers on any tennis stroke is physical body tension. When your muscles tense up, you are not fluid and lose significant power.
When you anticipate a collision, your body naturally tenses up. Like the drunk driver who survives the car accident with very little injury because he was “totally loose” when the collision took place. But the sober one who was all tensed up in an accident has many injuries.
There Is No Ball
Ian feels that is the same in tennis. Many players hit with their muscles too tightly tensed and lose the power that fluidity provides.
He suggests practicing with just shadow swings and no ball. Just slowly go through the proper swing motion three or four times; and then try to have that same loose and fluid motion when you drop and hit the ball.
When you are playing, you want to focus on having a loose and fluid motion and “the ball just happens to get in the way.”
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