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erik-the-red 03-21-2005 10:30 PM

How to generate my own power?
I played a match at practice today and I lost 6-7 (4).

My opponent wasn't moonballing my shots back (ie. topsin); he was slicing them all back, with backspin.

I tried my best to move him, even though initially I was just hitting them towards the middle. My heart played a factor in the match outcome, but I feel what cost me the match was the fact that I couldn't finish the points. I couldn't generate my own power.

I'm currently still working out about three times a week. Compared to last year, I definitely feel that my shots and serves are harder and faster.

But, what else can I add to my routine that can help me generate my own power? If my opponents actually give me pace, then I can take the shots on the rise and return them with most of their pace back and some of my own. That's what a counter-pouncher does. But, if I get no pace, then I can't create pace.

Domino 03-21-2005 10:47 PM

Re: How to generate my own power?
For one, don't take the racquet back in a long loop, and then try to blast through the shot. The last few moments before the contact on a shot should be when you accellerate the racquet, with your whole stroke build momentum up. It also helps to remember to never break your wrist on impact of the ball. Also, step into the shot, crossing over the opposite foot as you hit, and swinging the parallel foot around as you finish the shot. That generates more body momentum.

El Legenda 03-21-2005 10:52 PM

Re: How to generate my own power?
Get on the juice :)

NATAS81 03-21-2005 11:15 PM

Re: How to generate my own power?
:tennis: Study Joachim Johannson.

MAN what a wicked intense motion!

The ball goes.. zoom.... --> :bolt:

Rex 03-22-2005 07:53 AM

Re: How to generate my own power?
you have to time the ball, then add a bit of power yourself. Beleive me though- sometimes a well placed topspin winner is better than an aimless powerful winner.

Auscon 03-22-2005 08:43 AM

Re: How to generate my own power?
cut your arm off and get someone to surgically attatch the arm of a gorilla

actually, you might want to get someone to cut your arm off too, it's probably awkward doing it yourself

If your interested, I can get a gorilla arm for you, but you will have to cover the cost for admission to the zoo

David Kenzie 03-22-2005 08:48 AM

Re: How to generate my own power?
Also, don't assume you can blast every shot back. A well placed low slice is a very nasty shot to return and you may want to slice it back or moonball it.

Rex 03-22-2005 08:48 AM

Re: How to generate my own power?
lol auscon- that would probably do it

WestMeister 03-22-2005 10:25 AM

Re: How to generate my own power?
What works for me is stepping into the shot and letting the momentum of the follow through swing (straight out then up) accelerate the ball with my semi-western grip. Instead of my normal forward brush up with a full western.

Another way is, strengthen your wrist and the muscles surrounding your forearm. My friend has probably the biggest forearm I've ever seen. His left one is half the size. He plays a lot of racquetball if that helps. When we play tennis, I'm amaze how he can just rifle his forehand shot after shot with just the flick of his wrist and not much else.

Hope that helps. :tennis:

Rex 03-22-2005 01:14 PM

Re: How to generate my own power?
also bend your legs- thats where most of the power comes from if used properly.

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