Arm totally passive or ?

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  1. isilra

    isilra Rookie

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    When i hit my forehand, after my backswing i can feel the forward movement of the racquet is mostly started by my shoulder and hip turn, and not my arm (maybe a little but definitely not the main factor). But when i contact the ball, i feel a stress in my arm muscles and feel like i'm arming the ball.

    We always talk about arming the ball but i wonder if the arm should totally be passive through all the motion or should be used at some point of it. Thanks.
     
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  2. dominikk1985

    dominikk1985 Legend

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    we already had this topic a week ago:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=444436

    (short: the arm muscles are used actively but they are passive while the leg drive and hip rotation starts. If you use the arm too early you will short circuit your kinematic chain).
     
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  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    At the moment of impact, shouldn't the arm be involved when the intent of the shot is for a forcing shot or winner, but be more passive when your intent is a rally ball. Meaning, for a rally ball, a mishit won't matter, and you don't care if it goes a little slower. On a forcing shot or winner attempt, you do care, because you're putting your chips behind that shot.
    And of course, there are degrees of forcing shots to rally balls that have to be dealt with.
     
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  4. isilra

    isilra Rookie

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    Wow, that's exactly what i've been looking for, thanks. That means sometimes you can do the right things unconsciously =)
     
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