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Old 03-23-2011, 08:00 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by mightyrick View Post
I'm not sure about a heavy ball mattering, but the heavy racquet is probably a good thing to force core usage. In my youth, I used to make extra money doing condemned house demolition in side jobs. Swinging a sledgehammer is a perfect example of having to use the core.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWqx...eature=related

The same can be said for choosing the correct bowling ball. Too light, and you end up throwing your arm out and/or lose complete ability to control the ball. Too heavy, and you end up not being able to put enough spin and speed on the ball.

When I changed to a heavier racquet (went from 8.9 to 11.7 ounces unstrung), my game instantly got better and my strokes got more consistent because I was using my whole body more as opposed to just arming it.
Rick, I like this example. Imagine swinging a lighter sledgehammer and how much more work the arms and upper body would need to do. As opposed to getting the heavier sledgehammer moving and then letting inertia take over.
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