Hi guys, I have thought of this for awhile. Its possible to wear some wrist weights and do some swinging. So what I was thinking was if I do this quite often, will it increase my swing speed? Or will I be risking injury?
Then what is the best way to shadow train ??? Many USTA instructors recommend shadow training while you are at the Office or at work and Can't play. They say it definitely helps to maintain your mechanics. Do you shadow train with Nothing in the hand ??? that would feel strange too. Maybe with light weight in your hand ??Not a good idea. Possible injury to the arm and it may train your muscle fibers to swing slower rather than faster. I've posted a Sports Science video on this subject in quite a few previous threads.
You might Overload-Underload Training, but this may be difficult to implement. Try shadow swinging a racket that is no more than 10-15% heavier (or 10-15% greater swingweight) than you normal playing racket. (This may tend to throw off your timing a bit). Follow this up with the Underload phase -- shadow swing with a racket that is 10-15% lighter than you normal racket in oder to train your muscle fibers to swing faster. Follow this phase with a lot of shadow swingning and actuall hitting with your normal racket in oder to "find" your timing again.
There are studies that show by increasing weight and swining with it that it actually slows down your swing. So you need to do your own research and decide. However, the article cpied and pasted below has some good information regarding finding the right weight for what you are trying to do. I am of the camp that it does not increase swing speed even though this article indicates it does.Hi guys, I have thought of this for awhile. Its possible to wear some wrist weights and do some swinging. So what I was thinking was if I do this quite often, will it increase my swing speed? Or will I be risking injury?
Yes, fo rme it is a bit of common sense. Most people dont realize how involved the stablizing muscles are as compared to the large muscles in their efforts to hit a ball. More weight to many means better. However, when the stablizing muscles disengage because the weight is too heavy and the large muscles need to take over, perhaps at this time, the stroke or swing has a higher chance in changing which could hurt one's game.Excellent feedback, BB (especially cuz it pretty much backs up what I've been saying for a while). It sounds like Dr. Yessis would be an advocate of OU Training. This has been used, with reported success, in baseball training camps as well as for training for some track & field events (javelin, shot put, etc.). For both baseball training and track & field training, I've seen 10-15% overload & underload recommended (never >20%).
Check out my earlier post in another thread. It provides that Sport Science link I mentioned above: tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=3510505
Isn't it also common sense that no one's gonna put on more weight and start training, say, swinging like squatting flies? Well, hopefully, the OP is smarter than that.I am not a physicist or a sports medicine person, but it just seems like common sense that if you are going to weight up, we need to do it with small weight in order to maintain our form and not alter our technique.
I do perform some shadow swings with an empty hand. However, I perform much more shadow swinging with my regular playing racket. Part of what I'm practicing with my shadow swings is keeping my head still with my eyes focused on an imaginary contact point.Then what is the best way to shadow train ??? Many USTA instructors recommend shadow training while you are at the Office or at work and Can't play. They say it definitely helps to maintain your mechanics. Do you shadow train with Nothing in the hand ??? that would feel strange too. Maybe with light weight in your hand ??