Picture that baseball player in the on-deck circle swinging a bat … Even in time with the opposing pitcher on the mound taking his warm-up pitches. Almost every golfer will take at least one practice swing on most every shot — even on putts — until they just the right feel for what they want to do.
Is Tennis Different?
But tennis players just walk up there and either serve or return serve. One notable exception to that rule was France’s Madeline Bartoli … She was forever swinging her raquet before service returns and even doing shadow service motions.
I believe we should do more of it to create the muscle memory we need as we visualize the proper stroke before the point starts. Many coaches also suggest that after MISSING a shot you do a shadow swing of the PROPER form — instead of mimicking the errant swing you made to miss that last shot.
My senior doubles partner Tom McCune has even gone so far as to create his own training tool of an old raquet with nuts in bolts in the head to strengthen and reinforce the swing pattern.
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