benefits for pointing the buttcap to the ball on the forehand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by ishiun, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. ishiun

    ishiun New User

    Dec 24, 2012
    Tallahasse, Florida
    benefits for pointing the buttcap to the ball on the forehand?
  2. KayFactor

    KayFactor Rookie

    May 21, 2012
    Bay Area California
    If you're going to try this, I must warn you to please avoid actively using your wrist to point the buttcap at the ball. It is a natural result of coiling and uncoiling our body. check out lockandroll tennis.
  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
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  4. newpball

    newpball Legend

    May 28, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2013
  5. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    If you have aproper stroke, the buttcap will "point" toward the ball without any thought or conscious control on your part.

    Here's why- when you start the stroke, and begin to pull the racket forward to the ball, the head of the racket (remember inertia and the laws of physics) lags behind-- causing the buttcap to lead the way-- until the head, eventually, catches up to speed and swings around into striking position.

    So, my advice-- don't practice pointing the buttcap-- rather, practice hitting a proper stroke. Use the buttcap (if you must) as a check-point (once in a while) just to make sure you are not forcing or over-controling the stroke.
  6. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    I agree with those above that seem to think it should not be practiced. I think it is just a transitional part of the swing and you don't want to slow or pause your swing to "point the butt cap". My opinion is it happens on most swings but if you are under pressure and have to use a shorter swing, you may not even get to a position where the butt cap fully points at the ball. So, conceptually, it is OK as you will pass thru this phase on most swings but be sure to use the concept smartly. I prefer to think of letting the wrist to lay back a bit as you start to pull the arm/hand forward into contact, keep the wrist loose and without conscious adjustments into and thru contact, and then let the forearm roll or pronate into WW follow thru.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013
  7. hray4clay

    hray4clay Rookie

    Jun 5, 2013
    Stuck in Myrtle Beach area
    Not necessarily....some people think a proper forehand stroke should be executed with a very strong and stiff wrist so they hit the ball with their arm using only the shoulder as a lever. You gotta use the shoulder, elbow, and the fastest lever of all, your wrist, to really blister a forehand.
  8. 10isfreak

    10isfreak Semi-Pro

    Dec 19, 2012
    At the bottom of the take back, your wrist should be relaxed in neutral position with the palm facig down. Good players keep it that way so that they can cause the buttcap to point at the ball once they rotate. This 'buttcap to the ball' position enables you to trigger a muscular reflex (it's the myotatic reflex for those who are curious) that will basically make your hand move very fast.

    Done right, you get more of everything. More spin, more control, more power... and it's easier to hit that way.

    There's a video from virtual tennis academy teaching it in a simple way. The video is called forehad ssc. If you want the detailed explanation, go see on the blog of tennis speed.
  9. waves2ya

    waves2ya Rookie

    Mar 10, 2005
    Essex County, NJ
    Go to Tennis One and check out Doug King's new video about applying proper torque on ball; get this right and you will be 'pointing the butt of the racquet at the ball'; that and focusing on the 'lag' or 'waggle'/power position...


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