Over-rotating on ground-strokes?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by always_crosscourt, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. always_crosscourt

    always_crosscourt Banned

    Jan 3, 2013
    I'm fairly athletic (got a 37 inch vertical leap) and hit most of my groundstrokes airborne. The problem is that, if I hit a forehand, I'll start with my chest facing the side, then my body rotates in the air in the effort of creating the shot so my chest is basically facing the back fence after the follow-through. That makes it hard to re-position for the next shot - particularly if it wasn't a winner.

    How do I preserve the racket head speed, yet not rotate?
  2. BevelDevil

    BevelDevil Hall of Fame

    Jun 10, 2010
    Do a scissor kick in mid air, front foot forward. It will slow your rotation.
  3. President

    President Legend

    May 18, 2009
    You are thinking about this the wrong way, you should increase the rotation even more so you do a full 360 and end at your original position.
  4. dominikk1985

    dominikk1985 Legend

    Feb 11, 2011
    yes. start to wind up a Little more so that the back faces the net. that might solve the Problem.

    if that doesn't work you Need to start bracing your Rotation before strike which is a Topic I made a lot of Posts about. but maybe winding up more might already solve that problem
  5. TennisMonty

    TennisMonty New User

    Nov 28, 2012
    You just need to follow through your shot with your body and have your body follow the ball instead of going to the side.
  6. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Jun 22, 2007
    We need to see video. Sorry, but I think it would be hilarious to see.

    How are you generating that much rotation?

    If you are right handed, you should land on your left leg and stop the rotation. There really isn't a good excuse to keep rotating toward the back fence. The total rotation should be 180 degrees at most. You'll also get more power if you slow both the hip and shoulder rotation just prior to contact.
  7. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Take some video of your stroke. Note how far back in the backswing your hips and shoulders turn and the timing and where the hips and shoulders end up in the forward swing. In the backswing, the shoulders should turn back more than the hips in order to pre-stretch some muscles. (Back stress with twisting the trunk (lumbar rotation) might be a back injury risk for many people.)

    Find some high speed videos of pro strokes and estimate angles using some reference like the side fence or court lines:

    1) back swing angle shoulders
    2) back swing angle hips
    3) final angle shoulders
    4) final angle hips

    Compare these high level strokes to yours. Probably practice strokes are not as good as well hit balls off of easy incoming shots. I'd choose match shots as they are trying to hit hard on most balls that don't put them in trouble.

    Example, Djkovic forehand analysis -

    In the longer 15 minute analysis video, Djkovic's forehand is analyzed. From his back swing to the end of his follow through he rotates roughly 200°. His chest angle finish is not close to facing the back fence as you think yours is. It should be easy to see where your stroke differs from his. If your chest is actually "facing the back fence after the follow-through" maybe your initial hip rotation stops earlier than Djkovic's.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

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