J.W. North Tennis91
05-21-2007, 05:07 PM
does it give more power than other types of follow throughs?? oh and the windshield wiper stroke is used for top spin right?
05-21-2007, 09:47 PM
It adds more power to your swing since you are having to use more power in your rotation, so it would make more power in your strokes.
05-21-2007, 10:52 PM
Theoretically, swinging across the shoulder lets you maximize the amount of shoulder and torso rotation you can input into your stroke. Thus, it lets you maximize your total swing speed. The wiper finish itself is a product of your forearm pronating with a laid-back wrist. That increases the down-to-up speed of the racquet, thereby creating more spin. However, when done correctly, the swing plane is much flatter than it would in a traditional classical follow-through for that same spin rate. And, so, the overall ball has both more pace and more spin; the shot is heavier
In practice, though, most people initially have problems getting depth or real pace with this swing. The challenge is the swing arc. You don't want get as much swing speed with a true classical follow through, but the arc of your swing is almost a straight line. Meaning, almost all of your swing speed you do get contributes to generating pace or topspin on the ball. In a WW motion, the swing arc is like an ellipsis. Much of the learning curve is to "squish" that ellipsis, so that you can generate a more linear swing.
So the challenge with a WW swing isn't to swing harder, which is what your instincts tell you. It's to swing more through the ball, which is counterintuitive because you're swinging across your shoulder. But if it were easy, there wouldn't be so much discussion on the WW finish.
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