Elevation and power???

zill

Professional
Why does jumping up high allow you to hit much more powerful shots? All I can see is you are hitting them at a higher height but one can hit much harder when at a height.

For example here at 0:57



Also many servers like Roddick say "All the power comes from the legs".

I've also experienced first hand how much more powerful I am able to hit overheads when in the air compared to when on the ground.

How does it work??
 

FiReFTW

Legend
The higher above net the more flat you can slap the ball, I just had a really good sitter today that was very short and bounced above net level and I absolutely hammered it, no spin at all, just flat and down into the court. if the ball was at net level it would be impossible, and lets not even talk about lower... now the further away from net you are the higher the ball has to be for you to hit it flat, so the higher you contact the ball the more flat you can hit it, and the more flat you hit it the more pace it has.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
On serve, the jump is required to raise your contact point to "see" a bigger court. Overheads as well.
On groundies, the jump allows you to hit the ball at your best contact point.
Don't jump for low volleys and low groundies.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
Why does jumping up high allow you to hit much more powerful shots? All I can see is you are hitting them at a higher height but one can hit much harder when at a height.

For example here at 0:57



Also many servers like Roddick say "All the power comes from the legs".

I've also experienced first hand how much more powerful I am able to hit overheads when in the air compared to when on the ground.

How does it work??
Kirgios first FH at 0:57 was getting airborne as a consequence of powerful leg drive, left leg pushing left side of pelvis back, right leg pushing right side of pelvis forward, therefore rotating torso rapidly.
His second shot was lifting body first and smacking the ball flat, which is responsible for achieved pace - not that much any extremely high RHS.
 

undecided

Rookie
Every pro I've ever talked to said not to do it. It's for really advanced players. Elevating will cost you in accuracy.
 
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