8board 8 Board hip swivel rotating disc for tennis training

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  1. 1171

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    Does anyone have experience with this hip rotating disc device called 8Board.

    Bungalo Bill had one of these for his kids.

    Bungalo, What is your experience with this device for training? How do you use it? What do you find most useful practicing with this device? for serve? or for ground strokes? Does it groove you into bad habits?
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

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    I think it is an excellent training device that teaches a player to use their hips in their shot.

    Well you place it on the ground, stand on it, and practice "air" swings or movements in order to swivel your hips. You can also have slow fed balls to you and practice feeling your hips, torso, and lower body in the shot.

    The most useful part of this device is learning to use your legs and hips to hit a ball. Most club players do not feel their lower body enough in the shot. It does not develop bad habits but it does engrain good habits.
     
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    I've used the 8Board for myself as well as for my students. I agree that it an excellent training device for incorporating lower body rotation and for developing a more natural-motion kinetic chain.

    It appears that the primary marketing focus for this product right now is golf. More money in training aids for golf it would seem. Originally, the board was developed for tennis but has also been applied to baseball, skiing, skating, surfing and other sports.

    The developers of the 8board saw the same natural motion of Tai Chi in Andre Agassi (as well as other tennis players such as Sampras, Hingis & Rios). Their goal was to develop a training tool that would assist in developing that natural motion.

    For more info check out these links:

    www.8boardTennis.com

    www.darcydesign.com/projects/grailsports/index.htm
     
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    I just purchased one of these. I think it will help with my balance and core and lower body movement.
     
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    Wow, you've managed to dig up an old thread with one of my first posts on the TW message boards! Bungalo Bill was a very prominent figure/authority on the message boards back then.

    I've owned a couple of these training boards but lost my last one (on the courts) nearly 5 years ago. I first came across the 8 Board some 10 years ago. My first board eventually became a victim of student abuse after a few years and I subsequently a 2nd one. I found it to be a valuable training tool for myself and for my students.

    I believe that it was used by some college tennis teams as well as some junior development programs. It has also has found its way into the golf world and is also used for other sports. It seems that my old links no longer work. Give these a try:

    http://www.8board.com
    https://grailsports.com

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9933427.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKkwjpVfZHs
     
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