Do you tighten your core on all of your shots?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Zachol82, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Zachol82

    Zachol82 Professional

    Dec 8, 2007
    Obviously, we all know that core strength is important in Tennis. However, do you consciously tighten your core whenever you hit? I notice that it helps me greatly with my power, spin and pretty much everything really. I feel like I can put more of my body into my shots this way.
  2. user92626

    user92626 Legend

    Jan 27, 2008
    You know what, just place your focus or conscious action on, and from which everything will fall in place:

    - Swing your racket head as fast as possible.

    - Here's a good analogy: to run as fast as you physically can (and everyone knows how to run, right?), quicken your legs movement as fast as you can. It's the same thing in swinging a racket. You'll see which muscles are engaged, and what amount of tension or not is needed.
  3. BU-Tennis

    BU-Tennis Semi-Pro

    Jan 22, 2008
    West Virginia
    I for one do not focus on tightening the core on any shot. Creating tension contracts the muscle prematurely so you lose power and speed. However, I do notice on some forehands where the ball is lower or higher, outside of my comfort zone, that all the muscles in body have much more tension at the end of a swing, although I could not tell you why. Perhaps someone else may be able to elaborate on that point?

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