Running With The Racquet Up And Ready

mightyrick

Legend
So I had a good session with my coach last night and thought I'd share the lesson.

His next goal for me (in his words) to get me to consolidate my movements so that I can gain more time for preparation.

He told me that one of my weaknesses is that I run with the racquet held low by my hitting hand with my other hand nowhere around. So that when I have to prepare for a high-pace ball or run for a short ball... I waste a lot of time getting my racquet up and prepped... which causes me to be late preparing and the the ball ends up jamming me up.

So he had me do nothing but rally with him... and told me that after I hit each shot, I needed to force myself to bring the racquet back to front, racquet face high, and hold it with both hands again. If I didn't, he'd yell at me across the net, "STOP! Restart the rally." I think he yelled at me about 20 times in the first 30 minutes. I can't believe how hard it was for me to resist the muscle memory.

In the last 45 minutes, though, I couldn't believe the difference it made. I felt like I had so much more time to set up for a shot. So the tip is... while you run around... have the racquet held up and out in front with both hands. It will save you a ton of time and you will be able to prepare a lot earlier.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
So I had a good session with my coach last night and thought I'd share the lesson.
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I can't believe how hard it was for me to resist the muscle memory.

In the last 45 minutes, though, I couldn't believe the difference it made. I felt like I had so much more time to set up for a shot. So the tip is... while you run around... have the racquet held up and out in front with both hands. It will save you a ton of time and you will be able to prepare a lot earlier.
Yep, moving to the ball with both hands controlling the racket helps in a couple of ways, and one of the exceptions is if you have a long, fast run. Then you would pump the arms normally till close in, then move to what you talked about in this post for the last step or 2.
 
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winstonlim8

Professional
LOL I started doing this naturally - especially coming forward to volley - because I kept getting hit in the face and gut when I didn't.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
One big reason JimmyConnors made the top was his running with both hands on the racket, unless it was to retrieve a drop shot, then 1 handed sprint, knowing the shot was one handed.
Even running to his forehand side, he's keep his right hand close to the upper grip, almost in 2hbh position, so the racket was already halfway back.
 
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