Kinetic Chain?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Lotto, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Lotto

    Lotto Professional

    Nov 26, 2007
    I've alwyas been intrigued by biomechanics and the kinetic chain on the groundstrokes. I can never find anything about it though when I search for it on google.
    I loved Brian Gordons articles on Tennisplayer about the biomechanics of the serve and how each body part contributes to the strokes and what time it comes into play and what it does at the different stages.

    Does anyone know anything good about the biomechanics of the Forehand and one handed backhand? My coach is always telling me that my biomechanics are crap, that I don't use my legs and hips enough. Does anyone want to give a detailed explanation on the kinetic chain for groundstrokes? It's one thing I really want to implement into my game. Any useful links?

    I think John Yandell said that Brian Gordon would have an article out on the forehand at the start of this year but nothing for the January issue, maybe the February one? John or Jeff, any info on this? Cheers.
  2. Crusher10s

    Crusher10s Rookie

    Jan 12, 2008
    Well if your coach is telling you your biomechanics are crap.....then make him explain to you what the kinetic chain is and exactly why he thinks your biomechanics are crap.
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    I'd look at golfers and baseball batters.
    But remember, they don't have to run to the ball.
  4. BrianGordon

    BrianGordon New User

    May 5, 2007
    S. Florida
    Thanks- some love 'em, some hate 'em. The kinetic chain is a generalized concept that attempts to capture the idea that racquet speed is developed from the ground up and then from the legs to the racquet.

    This is accomplished by each body segment (the chain) generating and/or transferring force, kinetic energy, or momentum (the kinetics) to the next segment in the chain in a coordinated and sequential manner.

    It is generalized to the extent that players and coaches can derive benefit without getting into the gruesome details of how these interactions occur - details I will attempt to explain in John's world later this Spring or in the Summer - still conducting the requisite research on many of the aspects.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2009
  5. julian

    julian Hall of Fame

    Dec 20, 2006
    uspta manual

    A current USPTA certification manual maybe a bit of help if you have an
    access to a most recent version

Share This Page