Do you believe grunting really does bring better accuracy?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Brett, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Brett

    Brett Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    478
    I have heard it been discussed before and I know for me it just seems like when I grunt on my shots, even when I feel like I don't have to, I seem to have better accuracy and my playing is much better. Is this just ludacris to assume that it actually works or what?
     
    #1
  2. JW10S

    JW10S Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,891
    There is absolutely no correlation between shot accuracy and grunting.
     
    #2
  3. TennisFrkJC92

    TennisFrkJC92 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    348
    psychological? More shouting = More confidence?
     
    #3
  4. TennisFrkJC92

    TennisFrkJC92 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    348
    I know i grunt really loud every time i hit a winner.
     
    #4
  5. Steady Eddy

    Steady Eddy Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    2,544
    Location:
    Arizona
    I dunno. Does any other sport have grunting? Do any golfers grunt when they drive? Or putt? Do any basketball players grunt when they shoot free throws?
     
    #5
  6. Dennis Anyone?

    Dennis Anyone? Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    232
    I don't believe it has any direct relation to accuracy, but in my case, it is a good indicator of my effort. It's also a natural result of my exhalation, which some--not all--recommend during physical exertion, such as when throwing a punch in boxing or lifting a weight in bodybuilding.
     
    #6
  7. Hot Sauce

    Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2006
    Messages:
    1,890
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Well the basketball comparison isn't fair. Basketball players grunt sometimes when they're dunking, driving in traffic, or fouled. A free throw is more comparable to a volley.
     
    #7
  8. kidwithshirt

    kidwithshirt New User

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    66
    Today during tennis practice, two of my teammates decided hitting balls werent fun, so they started practicing their grunts.

    Miraculously they did pretty well (grunting and hitting)
     
    #8
  9. CanadianChic

    CanadianChic Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,303
    Location:
    CowTown
    Grunting has no effect on your accuracy although it just may have one on your opponents. IMO.
     
    #9
  10. thefan

    thefan Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Messages:
    808
    I dont think theres a correlation b/t grunting and accuracy but grunting and power output...maybe
     
    #10
  11. JW10S

    JW10S Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,891
    Grunting and exhaling are different things. Put your hand in front of your mouth and yell, scream or grunt as loud as you can and notice how much air you feel on your hand--not very much. Now, without vocalizing, exhale or blow out of your mouth--big difference, huh? Grunting is an affectation--nothing more. An affectation which unfortunatley for some becomes a habit. As stated earlier golfers don't grunt. Tiger Woods swings just as hard or harder than a tennis player when he tees off. So does Barry Bonds when he's hitting HR's into the bay in SF. Neither of them grunt. The idea that making an audible sound with your mouth is what determines whether or not your shot goes in is an absurd one.
     
    #11
  12. ShcMad

    ShcMad Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,540
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    I usually don't make any sounds while hitting groundstrokes. But, when I'm attempting to hit kick serves, I find myself "grunting" a tiny little bit. It's totally non-voluntary. I think it's more like an exhale but with a little bit of sound. Anybody else does this besides me?
     
    #12
  13. patrick922

    patrick922 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2005
    Messages:
    518
    grunting/exhaling improves timing and concentration.... and might lead to accuracy.

    i read somewhere, probably tennis magazine, that letting out air when you hit improves concentration.... and they made an analogy with martial arts and they grunt everytime they strike and what not.
     
    #13
  14. Zets147

    Zets147 Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,744
    I think grunting after points may be detrimental to your game. In my case, the grunts went, "WHAT THE @&^# WAS THAT? YOU F@^*ING SUCK"
     
    #14
  15. Dennis Anyone?

    Dennis Anyone? Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    232
    Grunting and exhaling are two different things--as are exhaling and blowing out of the mouth--but they can often occur together, as the product of the same strenuous activity. The word affectation suggests that grunting is unnatural and only pretense. I'm sure it can be. But anyone who makes love would hope this is not always the case. And karate masters breaking boards and bricks with their "kiai" might disagree. As I've stated, my vocalizations are neither purposeful nor intentional. If they were for show, they'd certainly be much louder than they are.

    I agree that making a sound with your mouth itself won't make a ball go in the court. But if that sound is an indicator of a greater amount of effort, the ball going in the court may be a happy by-product.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2007
    #15
  16. mrHan

    mrHan Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    152
    Location:
    Nothern Virginia
    I usually don't grunt but the other day I found myself grunting as I was pushing myself really hard on the court.
     
    #16
  17. Thepowerofchoice

    Thepowerofchoice Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Messages:
    760
    I agree and the reason is when you grunt you are contracting your abdominal muscle a little deeper and the abdominal muscle is the big part of your core muscles. The core are the: spinal flexors, spinal erectors, spinal stabilizers, spinal rotators, spinal lateral flexors, hip flexors, hip extensors, hip adductors, and hip abductors...almost every muscle but arms and legs. Put your hand on your stomach and grunt and you can feel your abdominal muscle working. As some of us might already know that your core muscles are the big part of your power generater so it does make sense that grunting helps generate power output...but then again you can also activate your abdominal and your core without grunting.
     
    #17
  18. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    6,404
    Location:
    The Great NW
    The point is to not hold your breath while hitting the ball. Exhalation is the goal. Many coaches tell their players to make grunting noise so they (the coach) can verify audibly that the player is not holding their breath, but there is no advantage of grunting loudly vs exhaling silently.
     
    #18
  19. lethalfang

    lethalfang Professional

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    1,420
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    When playing basketball, sometimes I grunt when I drive thru traffic and expect contact.
     
    #19
  20. Trinity TC

    Trinity TC Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2006
    Messages:
    556
    A lot of Major League baseball pitchers grunt. They say that it helps their timing and that it helps keep their motion consistent through the drive phase just before they release the ball.
     
    #20
  21. luckyfool

    luckyfool New User

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    89
    I grunt like Venus Williams when I feel tired.
     
    #21
  22. Shosho

    Shosho New User

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    53
    I think it just gives it more zing!
     
    #22
  23. ChocolatePie

    ChocolatePie Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    432
    Normally, you're supposed to exhale when you hit the ball. You should pay close attention next time and see if you're doing it. Grunting is just a way of exhaling.
     
    #23
  24. mlwgszgao

    mlwgszgao New User

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Messages:
    20
    Haha, I've got this placebo effect on the grunt. Normally I don't grunt and hit decent consistency, but when I grunt, I don't miss for a much longer rally and my pace and spin improve. However, I played once to test the grunt and I wasn't really trying at all, but I still played better when I grunted than when I don't grunt (when I try). It's an odd little psychological issue probably that is subconscious. Then again, maybe grunting does help.
     
    #24
  25. BravoRed691

    BravoRed691 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2006
    Messages:
    437
    I believe in grunting, but not shrieking and/or screaming... think K. Clijsters and M. Hingis vs. Serena and Maria...

    BR
     
    #25

Share This Page