Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by oray777, Sep 6, 2006.
When contacting the ball does your wrist have to be firm and straight?
No, like any other strokes, the power and precision comes from the flexibility of the limps
This is really too simple a question for what is pretty complicated body mechanics.
The wrist should be firm and straight, yes, but also moving very slightly.
Imagine a bunch of skaters on the ice, all holding hands. They are following one skater who starts to spin them into a circle. He is going relatively slowly, but the skater on the farthest side of the line starts moving (pulled along) very fast.
Your body moves something (not exactly) like that during a groundstroke.
Your legs and hips start the momentum. Your shoulders spin and pull your arms along, first the upper arm then the forearm. The arms move, also, under their own power. The hand, itself, moves very slightly, just at impact. Your hand holds the racket and it is the accumulation of all these forces in a smooth powerful motion that drives the racket through the ball.
Some people use more wrist than others (I use very little). It is a personal thing. Like snowflakes, no two strokes are exactly the same.
I just asked because since we are hitting at an angle into the court if you turn your wrist down a little too much you have a greater chance of hitting the top of the net or into the net.
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