How strong do your forearm muscles really need to be

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  1. Ducker

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    Yes the elusive forehand muscle......

    Everyone talks about technique but how much of punching a volley is really requiring a super strong forearm muscle.

    I notice guys on tour can flick the racquet quite quickly and create a tremendous punch on their volley..

    is this correct or am I on the wrong track here.
     
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  2. Jonny S&V

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    ...as strong as the level you're playing at? I can't narrow your post down to a specific question, so this is a shot in the dark...
     
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  3. OHBH

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    Granted forearm strength is important, but the reason the pros can hit those shots is because they have a lot of pace to work with off the incoming ball and they can hit the dead center of the strings. Pros only resort to that kind of stroke when they are out of position or the pass is out of normal reach. Flicking the racket at the wrist is usually a futile attempt for us mere mortals
     
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  4. Ducker

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    I dont know. I just saw the brian brothers and with a flick of the wrist it looked like.....he hit the ball off the court into the stands. It was a back hand volley. Wheres he getting all that punch?
     
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  5. OHBH

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    Was it a shoulder high floater or something? Those easy putaways can resemble a volley but are practically a smash. You shouldn't see that on a regular volley.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Chuck Norris is only scared of one thing, my forearm.
     
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  7. sportsfan1

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    I don't know about flicking volleys, but the Federer 1HBH flicks from the baseline with low net clearance to pass opponents at the net is unreal - amazed how he generates so much power and spin just from the wrist.
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'm pretty sure that has more to do with having a flexible wrist, than having a strong forearm.
     
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  9. charliefedererer

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    The wrist has no muscle at all in it.

    It is a joint.

    Fed's "wrist flick" occurs at the shoulder level - the actual motion is internal rotation at the shoulder.

    People comment on the "wrist flick" because it is the joint closest to the racquet handle, and catches the eye - but the actual motion comes from the muscles that externally rotate the shoulder.
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    The forearm only has to be strong enough to hold the racquet still on the volley.

    The power comes from stepping in, rotating the and hips/shoulders into the shot, and the triceps firing to extend the arm.



    For tips on how to hit a volley with some "pop" check out my post #5 http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=6490728&posted=1#post6490728
     
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