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I wanna get faster, as it'll help me win more points.
What do yall do to get faster on the courts?
What do yall do to get faster on the courts?
don't see how that would helpPost a pic of you body shape.
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Training daily will be in there.
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You're looking to increase acceleration, not velocity. You'll need to work on your fast twitch muscle with plyometrics and other explosive exercises: spider drill, ladder drill, footwork, balance, etc. Don't ignore flexibility: you're going to be putting increasing strain on your body and need to make sure it's ready to handle it.just need to speed up my max velocity
Of course it’s not just about speed but the ability to do it over and over again. Recovery and endurance can’t be ignored. I can hit hard serves but it becomes a lot harder after I’ve chased down three tough balls on the previous point.You're looking to increase acceleration, not velocity. You'll need to work on your fast twitch muscle with plyometrics and other explosive exercises: spider drill, ladder drill, footwork, balance, etc. Don't ignore flexibility: you're going to be putting increasing strain on your body and need to make sure it's ready to handle it.
You might also need to learn how to slide on a hard court; are you willing to do that [watch how De Minaur comes to a stop: it's not a gentle process]?
Fair enough. However, a lot of people do exercises more optimized towards endurance [ie treadmill] than acceleration [ie sprinting].Of course it’s not just about speed but the ability to do it over and over again. Recovery and endurance can’t be ignored. I can hit hard serves but it becomes a lot harder after I’ve chased down three tough balls on the previous point.
Interestingly, if the sprints were shorter distances, Lewis would be an also-ran [pun intended]. Watch his races in the 100m and observe how he's slow out of the blocks but somewhere near the 50-60m mark, he shifts into overdrive and dusts everyone.You can only max out with the DNA you were born with. I'm guessing you could gain about 5-10% in speed, but you'll never be Carl Lewis.
Yep. I remember when he ran. Lewis had that other gear. Great jumper too.Interestingly, if the sprints were shorter distances, Lewis would be an also-ran [pun intended]. Watch his races in the 100m and observe how he's slow out of the blocks but somewhere near the 50-60m mark, he shifts into overdrive and dusts everyone.
Yes, but I do not recommend doing a lot of plyometics unless you are not overweight and already have a decent strength base, because the maximum forces your knees and joints will face from doing plyos is quite high.Explosive exercises such as box jumps can help your explosive first step. Sprint and footwork drills will help with fast twitch and top speed, also with the ability to get in position once you've run where you want.
Well...don't see how that would help
i'm definitely healthier than average, my endurance is pretty good (good 3 setter record because i don't tire much, and my opponents do seem to feel more tired)
just need to speed up my max velocity
my favorite approach to gaining lots of speed is to be born with a genetic predisposition to having lots of fast twitch muscle fibers
This.As above, speed is generally something you are born with and if you're not, it's really hard work doing court sprints, lifting weights and adding flexibility.
One of the best drills ive seen is where you have someone behind you tossing balls in front of you. You have to get them on one bounce.
I totally disagree.Well...
Dominic Thiem has commented on this, that you're either born with 'explosiveness' or you aren't. And he sounds like a guy who understands that he wasn't (and his game reflects that).
I'm 38 and I don't work out...and I sit in a horrible chair for 50+ hrs a week at work. My feet, legs and hips are so weak that I sometimes shake and have problems balancing while simply standing up.
Yet, my hitting partner (28 former DIII college player) always compliments my movement. I'm slowing down a bit from all the inactivity and age, but when I'm on the court it seems to not matter.
My Dad just turned 70 and moves like a 40-year-old. He doesn't work out either and has literally never done a hamstring stretch in his life. It's mostly genetic.
Everyone does something very well. So if your strokes and your endurance are the foundation of your game, just work with that. I may be a speed demon at Federer's age, but I'd probably lose to you in spite of that.
Definitely work on it, but don't kid yourself that you're going to become a speed machine. Swartzman can work on his serve all he wants, he'll never be the next Isner. Same as Wawrinka will never be a de Minaur and Djokovic will never have a net game. Those guys realise that and play to their strengths.I totally disagree.
Work on your weaknesses because your opponents are going to target them.
Sure, we are all born with certain athletic attributes/strengths/weaknesses, but we can always push to improve.
Absolutely it is. In fact, I'd also say it has improved quite dramatically recently too. At his height, he should have a good serve.Djokovic’s serve today is much better than it was years ago.
Then that person secretly has bullet time but isn't telling youWhat if someone is slow and has slow anticipation and starts their swing after the ball bounces?
I guess it's time to work on your hearing thenAbsolutely it is. In fact, I'd also say it has improved quite dramatically recently too. At his height, he should have a good serve.
I spent years and years doing court sprints, skipping, ladder drills and all kinds of things to improve my speed. I spent countless hours doing the drill above where you chase a ball thrown from behind and also used to do it rebounded off a basketball backboard. I was just about as fast as I could have been, but still a complete slug compared to some guys who did zero work, just had natural speed.
The thing isn't to avoid working on your weaknesses, it's to improve them as much as possible and find ways to cover for them. For me, that was anticipation and early movement. People thought I looked slow but was fast. I was slow, I just tried to get a head start. That worked well, until my eyes went
This.Anticipation counts for like 50% of perceived speed / movement on court.
Of course that’s why people are usually taught to approach DTL or chip and charge.This.
But I'd also add that many players get lazy in two ways that hurt their time to the next ball:
1: They don't split step on every ball.
Standing tall and sort of falling towards the direction you want to go is not efficient, so be sure you split step to get that low center of gravity, wide base, and primed muscles so you can push off the instant you recognize the next ball.
2: They don't move after they've hit the ball.
There's a decent amount of time after you've hit your ball before your opponent can do anything about it (unless they are coming in for a volley) and rec players don't take advantage of the time in order to reposition themselves during that time.
Sometimes, they even sort of drift and follow the ball crosscourt when they should drift away to cover the wide angle return.
You can also work on positioning yourself to draw certain shots from your opponent.
For example, if you approach crosscourt, you can be half a step late and appear to have the crosscourt shot covered, forcing your opponent to hit down the line, but you're still moving that direction so lunging to cover down the line is natural.