Question about "Lay Back"

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  1. LeonardKickServe

    LeonardKickServe New User

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    A lot of topics and videos talk about volleys and groundstrokes and cite the expression "lay back" and I dont know the meaning of that .Could you explain to me the meaning of it and when I should use that concept.

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  2. Blake0

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    For groundies, your wrist should naturally lay back when you start your forward swing and through contact. To get to this position, hold a racket in your forehand grip and slowly swing forward, pretending to hit the ball. As you swing forward point the buttcap of your racket to the ball, that's the layed back position.

    For volleys, take a racket and grip it on your volley grip. Then make sure your racket face is above the plane of your wrist, and then lay it back into the same position making sure your racket face is above your wrist.
     
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  4. LeonardKickServe

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    thank you, it helped me a lot
    but when I volley should I lay back completely when I swing forward

    And use 1 hand backhand Should I layback as well


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  5. LeonardKickServe

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    I forgot to ask one thing
    After the contact Will the wrist stay laid back or I will "release" it
    Thank you
     
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    On volley's your wrist should be locked in the layed back position, period. It's not good to use wrist on volley's because it can cause lots of bad things to happen (injury, bad hits, etc). On the 1hbh it's not necessary to lay your wrist back, but most coaches like people to start practicing with a firm wrist, and slowly loosen it as you get better at it.
     
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  7. Blake0

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    Don't worry about that, just make sure when you swing forward your wrist goes into the slot position mentioned by a poster above (watch the video). Also make sure your wrist is layed back at contact, and let the rest happen naturally.
     
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    One the onehander, lay the hand back on the take back and loosen the wrist as you hit the ball.
     
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  9. LeonardKickServe

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    My groundstrokes are much better now.I haven t gotten the hang of in my one hand backhand yet but I ve been improving.
    Another quetion about lay back is
    When I use a slice backhand groundstoke or a backhand volley should I angle back the racquet(lay back) at the same time I angle up the racquet with my arms?

    Thank you
     
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  10. larry10s

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    on the volley one point which took me along time to realize is laid back means not only the wrist dorsiflexed but the racquet is back(ie at an angle) from perpendicular to the ground. for example the hitch hiking position for a forehand volley
     
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  11. Winky

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    my problem is when I try to lay back my wrist on the shot it REALLY hurts my wrist.
     
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