"45 degree angle" (BBill) question

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by djbrown, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. djbrown

    djbrown Rookie

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    I've seen reference to the "45 degree angle" plane when hitting groundies, but not entirely sure what it references. Feet position (ie, line between left foot and right foot for a right on the forehand is 45 degrees)? Shoulder turn? The entire body?

    Basically, if it could be explained a bit further here, that would be great.
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    It references your body position at impact. Pretend you have two long lines. YOu would attach them in the middle of the net. then infinetly go out 45 degrees from that on both sides of the court.

    When you hit the ball, you want your body plane parallel or close to it on the 45 degree angle. You can have a backswing that is not on the 45 degree plane but as you swing forward and get ready to hit the ball, the body comes around and (from rotation) when the racquet meets the ball, your body (shoulder to shoulder) should be parallel to the 45 degree angle or close to it for maximum power and control. After impact rotation continues out of the 45 degree angle and you prepare for recovery.

    Watch a pro match and you will suddenly say, AHH HAA! Especially watch Agassi, he is the master of that angle.

    Obviously, you will have sort of a semi-open to forward stance. You can have a closed stance and still swing the upper body around to the 45 degree angle as well. You can have an open stance but will make contact witht the ball facing the 45 degree angle or a tad later and rotate through.
     
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  3. djbrown

    djbrown Rookie

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    Excellent. Thanks
     
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  4. vin

    vin Professional

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    Does the 45 degree angle apply to one handed topspin backhands also? Or should the hips be kept perpendicular to the net?

    Vin
     
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