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BLOW TO RIGHT IN BIG TENNIS

A very important element common to all professionals is the setting of the hand at the time of the end of the swing. With all the variety of forms and sizes of the swing, the tour players perform the same arm position in the final stage, which immediately precedes the removal of the racket towards the ball. In fact, the whole purpose of the swing is reduced to putting the hand in this position. This reference point is one of the most obscure points in modern forehand.

Completion of the swing, taking the racket forward
At the critical point of the swing, the position of the hands of any professional tennis player, regardless of style, has two distinct features – the elbow is brought to the body and slightly bent, the hand is turned back. At the same time, the angles at which the elbow and wrist joints are bent can vary depending on the style, as well as the game situation. But the general principle remains unchanged – the elbow is brought to the body, the brush is bent back.

This setting of the hand allows optimal wiring, transferring the maximum amount of energy to the ball and effectively generating a top spin.

The mistake of many trainers, which negatively affects both technical skill and the student’s health, is the requirement to lower the head of the racket as much as possible in order to give the greatest twist. Watching professional tennis players, note that before taking the racket forward, her head is lowered just a couple of centimeters below the level of the ball – it is unlikely that the tour players can be blamed for the insufficient top back, which they can reach up to 3000 rpm. Too much turn of the hand leads to injuries of the elbow and wrist joints. Moreover, studies have shown that lowering the racket head too low, on the contrary, prevents the generation of a good spin and also worsens stability.

The correct setting of the elbow and hand at the end of the swing will ensure high efficiency with the right power and good rotation.

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You can spend a lot of time but efforts will be in vain if you do not find yourself in this position. Our coaches recommend swinging in a straight line, because unlike the loop, this option allows you to retract the racket in the shortest possible time.

Right kick in tennis: contact
One of the common myths is that the brush adds rotation to the shock zone.
The moment of contact with the string surface is very important. In slow motion video, it can be seen that in the zone of impact the hand and hand move as a unit, there is no additional wrist movement. One of the common myths that the brush adds rotation to the shock zone. A decrease in the angle in the hand is observed at the moment when, after contact, the hand begins to move the racket forward, but this decrease is insignificant. In any case, for all professionals, the angle remains approximately the same and varies between 45-65 degrees.

All that we have noted fairly and for low shots. A time lapse of the performance of such an element by the Australian Lleyton Hewitt shows that he raises the ball, with his hand completely thrown back, which together with the racket moves up as a whole. Rotational movement of the rim occurs when the ball leaves the strings. Therefore, looking at the game of the masters, we can draw the wrong conclusions.

Strike completion
The main question is whether to teach pronation, or is it a natural conclusion
A widely discussed issue of completing a strike is the problem of twisting the racket to the left or pronation. Is it worth teaching pronation, or is it a natural conclusion? This movement is largely emphasized, since it is clearly distinguishable, and many coaches took it as an axiom. Often on the courts you can hear “show the butt” – this movement is trained, and they took it as a dogma. A high-speed video shows that even before the pronation begins, the tennis players are in the same position, which is the natural end of the strike. The handle of the racket is at eye height, while it is already aligned with the left shoulder. The angle between the extension of the forearm and the surface of the court is 45 degrees. The angle between the left forearm and the horizon is approximately 90 degrees. Most professionals find themselves in this position in 75% of cases. And this is true for all types of strokes:

from the central zone of the court;
with a low rebound;
running ahead of forehand;
in move.
Even a master like Andy Roddick, who has considerable variation in the execution of punches in 50% of cases, is in this position. Naturally there are tennis players who use extreme grasping, which finish most of the strokes at chest level, but this is an exception to the rule.

Various options for getting out of a blow arise depending on the height of the ball’s bounce, on its rotation and direction. In any case, the position given above can be considered universal – and it is precisely this position that must be set when learning the right strike technique.

Right kick in tennis: posting
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