can swinging at the ball too early cause u to not make clean/solid contact?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by i love t3nn1s, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. i love t3nn1s

    i love t3nn1s Banned

    Jul 5, 2007
    sorry if this is a stupid question...but can swinging too early cause u to not make clean/solid contact... becuz before i was swinging very early at the ball and i think that caused me to frame or not hit the sweet spot..and when i waited for the ball a little longer to hit, i started making great clean/solid contact.. so the question is,...could swinging too early be a factor in NOT making solid/clean contact right on the sweetspot???
  2. Seifersquall1

    Seifersquall1 Rookie

    Sep 7, 2007
    If it's not comfortable, then don't swing early to hit the ball.
  3. i love t3nn1s

    i love t3nn1s Banned

    Jul 5, 2007
    its not that itz not comfterable..actually i dont really feel it..but its just that i noticed the difference and i wanna get some of other ppls opinions
  4. Ross K

    Ross K Legend

    Dec 20, 2006
    'S***! Yes, absolutely!'

    Seeing as how tennis is a game for which timing and rhthym are crucial factors, the quick answer to your question is obvious (see above title!) As to more detailed (and helpful) tips for what I'd call an issue of timing, well...

    There's the old counting to 3 after the bounce and hitting ball on 3; there's ensuring you've got your racket prepared and back as early as possible (some say, if poss, BEFORE the bounce); you can co-ordinate the bounce and hit with actually saying it ('bounce' and 'hit') as it happens; I'd also recommend you pay careful attention to your footwork - rhythym and timing can be effected if you're too flat-footed or back on your heels (and often you won't realise you're guilty of this); there's the way you're turning outwards to the side, etc, etc.

    In short, there's a quite few possible causes of timing problems and possible solutions to help improve these problems. I'm sure more info will be posted by others.
  5. Loco4Tennis

    Loco4Tennis Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2007
    Manassas, Virginia
    grip can also change the point of contact with the ball and put pressure on your timing
    with a semi western grip you have to hit the ball a little further ahead then a eastern grip, hence reducing your time to react,
    if you play with multiple grips your point of contact is going to change and your timing as well
  6. kimizz

    kimizz Rookie

    Jan 6, 2007
    Yes swinging too early is one of the basic mistakes you can do. Even with sw-grip you need to check your not hitting too much in front. During the contact you need to be able to push and lift the ball. If the contact point is too much infront you will lack in power.
  7. Tennismastery

    Tennismastery Professional

    Jun 23, 2005
    Actually swinging early is not directly a cause of mishits or not making clean contact. It simply means you are not going to direct your shot to where you want it to go. In other words, if you are aiming down the line with a forehand and you hit it early, it will go crosscourt. (Depending on HOW early you swing at it.)

    However, the body knows this in the split second of the swing and will try to counter this action usually by decelerating the racquet to regain an optimal contact zone and time. It is the subconscious swing change that happens usually near the moment of contact that creates mishits and or not making clean contact. Most players can't even feel this because the body is sort of overriding the player's conscious control of the stroke. But, you can imagine the amount of 'pollution' in the swing when the body is trying to compensate for the miss timing of the swing for the desired trajectory.

    This is one of the reasons a lot of people have difficulty making clean contact. (There are other reasons too...from not tracking the ball well, to twitches in the swing near contact, to being in poor position for the stroke.)
  8. rosenstar

    rosenstar Professional

    Jul 24, 2006
    I believe so. Everyone has there own strike zone. this is a place where you can hit the ball comfortabley. If you have troube taking the ball early and out in front of you, then wait until it drops.

    taking the ball early is a good idea if you can do it, but if you can't, then don't. The ball is moving faster so it is harder to time your shot.
  9. Mahboob Khan

    Mahboob Khan Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    I am for "timely" swing. You can prepare early (watching the ball, moving to the ball, taking preparatory swing), but the execution should be timely making sure that there is no hitch in the backswing, forward swing, contact, and follow through.

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