November 11, 2017 by
OK, many thanks for the online coaching lesson request. I've reviewed your request form and have scoured through your Shot Page to pull out some of your latest shots matching your lesson request. One particular shot of note is this shot: [SCV#582]   Note from this shot, you can see that you've got no body weight being transferred into the ball. You've prepared a bit late for the shot and it's caught you on your heals. If you check out the still images of the shot, you can that still frame 7 is the point where ideally you've had been leaning into the shot and by frame 8, you're initiating this forward movement.   [SCS#582]   As it happens, you can see that your frame 7 & 8, you've let the ball come to you and hence on the contact frame (frame 11) you're leaning back and on your heals. Early preparation is the key and the good old tennis cliche of 'go to meet the ball instead of the ball meeting you' certainly applies here. Let's look at another..

July 21, 2017 by
  What a shame!!! Isaac Newton died in 1727 and the sport of tennis wasn't invented until 1872. For sure this guy would have been a great tennis player as his 3rd law of physics provides a great foundation for hitting a forehand and backhand drive. Tennis & physics have never been the most interesting subject when combined, so a very brief overview is all that is mentioned here. Newton's Third law of physics states that "every action has an equal and opposite reaction". Broadly put, this means that every 'interaction' produces a force and that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. So, here are the variables: The Racquet = First Object The Ball = Second Object The Force = First Object interacting with the Second Object The Hitting Base = for absorbing the opposite force (what you put in is what you get out) and giving the shot some "welly". The Impact means that force from the first object (the racquet) is equal to that of second object (the ball). End Result?? The ball flies off at speed and that same force is then sent back through your arm (and hopefully through the rest of your body). So, why is this of interest in tennis?? Well, it's not that interesting at all, but it does help to explain the best platform in which to hit a forehand and backhand drive (and all other shots for that matter). This means that this relatively over the top physics explanation has its roots centred around a solid base in which to hit the ball in order to gain maximum power, control and injury prevention, because, not only can you achieve most force by a solid hitting base onto the ball, but you're able to absorb the force thrown back at you through your whole body (from the wrist, through to the arms, through the shoulder, through to the chest and through the legs) instead of having all of that force come back on just the wrist or the arm - ever heard of tennis elbow?? The ideal hitting base for a forehand is pretty much the stance you'd adopt if you were trying to prevent somebody from pushing you over from the front. This is well demonstrated below by Tommy Haas:   [SCS#358]   Note: Check out the solid hitting base on Frame 7 and 8. You'd have a hard time pushing him over if you in front of him trying to push him backwards. For the backhand, it's the same, but the other way around of course. This base allows for force to be absorbed through the whole body and gives you the strongest foundation to create the initial force when the racquet collides with the ball. Ok, I've gone on a bit long and we need a summary finale: If you hit the ball with most solid base you can get into, with the assumption that you're hitting the ball through the sweet spot of the racquet and that your swing and timing is pretty good, you're going to hit a cracking shot with plenty of power. And, it's not all about the shot because all of that force being thrown back at you will hit all parts of your body through your solid hitting base and will be absorbed by your main muscle groups reducing the risk of injury but also giving you a nice all round muscular workout. Every wondered why tennis players have great muscular definition?? Hitting shots from a solid base will give you great shoulders, great pecs, great thighs because every 80mph forehand or backhand those pros are hitting, they're getting that sent straight back through their muscles. In actual fact, if you get most tennis players to perform an American Wrestler muscle tense pose in front of you, check out their arms, you'll see one arm (and perhaps pec too if a bloke) is bigger than the other and looks like it belongs to a different person which shows that it's not the gym providing that great muscle definition. So, it's all about the 'Base' - no trouble!! You'll have great looking shots, great looking muscles and the best looking thing about a solid hitting base is the match score!! (oh come on, this blog needed to have a cheesy ending :-) )