Gradual acceleration vs ripping the racket

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  1. gradual acceleration

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  1. dominikk1985

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    I think we all agree that acceleration after contact doesn't help and you Need Peak Speed at contact.

    but what do you prefer?

    -gradual acceleration (slow start of the Forward swing and then accelerate)

    -ripping the rackethead with all you have
     
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  2. LeeD

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    It's your racket hand you're questioning, not the racket head.
    You cannot accelerate any faster than you already can, so it's fine.
    Use the loop at the takeback to get the head of the racket going.
    Or not, it's up to you.
     
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  3. Bagumbawalla

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    If the speed at contact is the same and the result, also the same, then it is a moot point.

    The difference would result from some imperfection in the technique of the player- does he muscle the "ripped" ball (and vary from his normal form), does he guide the more gradual stroke?
     
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  4. sureshs

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    As fast as you can control
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    Not necessarily. A shorter stroke can be more reliable and consistent. However, a longer stroke with more gradual acceleration can be can be more controllable and consistent. Each person will have their preferred swing even if the speed at contact is the same.
     
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  6. Bagumbawalla

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    NLBwell

    I think we are actually saying the same thing???
     
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  7. newpball

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    With a stiff wrist it is the same, but in addition to the speed generated by the arm you can also snap the racket with the wrist to add extra power.
     
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  8. corners

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    Your posts are starting to read like Koans, Lee. :grin:
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Poster 7, sorry, you don't understand. The only players who hit with a stiff wrist are Connors and McEnroe.
    Corners, don't know what you mean. Who's Koan?
     
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  10. newpball

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    Seriously?

    Practically all the older people who play tennis play with a stiff wrist. And a fair percentage of younger people as well. At least that is what I see every time I am around a court. And the worst is aging tennis instructors, ask them to demonstrate a forehand and you get one of those old fashioned stiff strokes.

    My point is that if you use the wrist to 'snap' the racket the speed at the racket head is much higher than at the wrist at impact.
     
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  11. LeeD

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    Much has been discussed about use of lagging the wrist. NOBODY snaps the wrist, they lay it back, and use the whip effect to allow the racket to come thru faster than the hand.
     
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  12. newpball

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    Obviously! I used snap between quotes but yes, replace 'snap' with "use the whip effect to allow the racket to come thru faster than the hand".
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Since it's so "obvious", don't use the word "snap" anymore to describe forehands OR serves.
    We can't read you mind. We read exactly what you post.
     
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  14. newpball

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    OK, I won't use snap anymore.
     
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