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dave333
08-25-2006, 02:24 PM
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randomname
08-25-2006, 02:38 PM
I dont know if it would help or not but you sure would look funny doing it

zhan
08-25-2006, 02:41 PM
it can be considered as resistance training?
but if u can swing fast in water...
then u can swing MUCH faster without resistance

str33t
08-25-2006, 02:41 PM
just don't drown ;-)

mucat
08-25-2006, 02:48 PM
Hmmm...no. Definitely not FH or BH strokes, maybe breaststroke, backstroke...

Supernatural_Serve
08-25-2006, 02:48 PM
I work on footwork, shuffle steps, cross over steps, unit turns in water every time I am in it (not often). I look a little silly, but I consider it fun and its easy on my knees making them move as fast as possible without any strain on my knees and not having to deal with falling down.

Return_Ace
08-25-2006, 02:49 PM
Hmmm...no. Definitely not FH or BH strokes, maybe breaststroke, backstroke...

LOL

Zets147
08-25-2006, 02:49 PM
just stretch in the pool lol

Tezuka Kunimitsu
08-25-2006, 02:49 PM
prince of tennis method???

~Joe

zhan
08-25-2006, 02:51 PM
Hmmm...no. Definitely not FH or BH strokes, maybe breaststroke, backstroke...


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fx101
08-25-2006, 04:02 PM
Maybe if you go in your pool with scuba equipment (I did this once) you can try, but then you'll be sort of buoyant. That brings a thought to mind... tennis on the moon... it would be clay (moon gravel or whatever you call it) and you'd be able to jump really high. Any thoughts?

dave333
08-25-2006, 05:21 PM
what is prince of tennis?

retroceso
08-25-2006, 05:56 PM
prince of tennis is what inspires some people to actually play tennis

skuludo
08-25-2006, 06:12 PM
Prince Of Tennis is a Japanese cartoon show. For an exagerated clip check the Rate this forehand thread in the tips section.

You will see dinasaurs come back to life and brought to extinction again. This time with a tennis ball.

(Glorified power)
(For exagerated power check the hadokyuu forehand performed by mr Kawamura)

dave333
08-25-2006, 07:17 PM
ok.....that seems quite...interesting lol

shawn1122
08-25-2006, 09:52 PM
Tried this once...hurt my arm

DANMAN
08-25-2006, 10:52 PM
actually, there was a tip in tennis magazine years back that showed a guy doing this...he was using a ti radical in the picture that i remember vividly...i'll find the article if i get the time

OrangeOne
08-26-2006, 12:57 AM
I have a pool in my back yard and a few old wal-mart racquets that i played w/ when i first started. If i were to go into my pool w/ one of the racquets and spent some time there practicing my strokes, do you guys think it would help increase racquet speeds?

It may help your strength, ability to work through a heavy ball, but it's (in my humble opinion) not going to help racquet head speed. To train speed you must employ speed, you'd be (imho) working slower-twitch fibres under load in the pool.

That said, strength can lead to speed... but it's a conversion thing, and takes much time.

Do post and let us know what it feels like ;)

HyperHorse
08-26-2006, 01:58 AM
You can do this WITHOUT a racquet... *rolls eyes*

ramseszerg
08-26-2006, 06:12 AM
Since nobody mentioned it, the method used in prince of tennis is with a towel, not a racquet. This may screw up your technique less since it wouldn't have the effect of altering your racquet face at all. Oh and it will provide more resistence too, even after the towel leaves the water.

dave333
08-26-2006, 06:18 AM
i biked over to wal-mart and bought 4 more to test out. 1 for each day, half an hour a day for a week.

Swissv2
08-26-2006, 06:57 AM
ermmm...wouldn't you have a bit of trouble trying to stay down in the water because you naturally float? Unless you anchor yourself to the bottom of the pool or something.

Midlife crisis
08-26-2006, 10:47 AM
It may help your strength, ability to work through a heavy ball, but it's (in my humble opinion) not going to help racquet head speed. To train speed you must employ speed, you'd be (imho) working slower-twitch fibres under load in the pool.

Actually, fast twitch fibers are actuated any time force requirements increase, even if the contraction speed is slow. For instance, doing something like a leg press on a weight machine, which is a very slow contraction, can utilize nearly all of your existing fast twitch fibers if the neural drive is great enough.

But the important thing is exactly what you said: To train speed, you must employ speed. Specificity is the key. For most people, and I would imagine this applies to practically all people who play tennis with proper equipment, being able to swing hard enough is not the problem. The problem is in the ability to swing hard and accurately, with the timing necessary to get the racquet to the contact point at the correct moment. Neither of these will be trained by resistance work in the pool.

DRtenniS1112
08-26-2006, 11:10 AM
i biked over to wal-mart and bought 4 more to test out. 1 for each day, half an hour a day for a week.
Why would u buy 4, yes the rackets will be ruined but if you are only using them for underwater strokes then who cares....This whole idea seems bad to me. IMO

Dunlopkid
08-26-2006, 05:19 PM
ermmm...wouldn't you have a bit of trouble trying to stay down in the water because you naturally float? Unless you anchor yourself to the bottom of the pool or something.

If he got the pool depth right, he could just have most of body underwater. You wouldn't need all of it, I wouldn't think.

mucat
08-26-2006, 11:52 PM
Try play tennis with the racket cover ON with lead tape stick to your hitting arm, now that's hardcore!!

papa
08-27-2006, 05:29 PM
Just use an old style racquet cover which you can pick up at yard sales. You can use some weight added to racquet face like several 3/8" nuts and bolts around the sweet spot area. Kinda like the lead bat in baseball.