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Timing your swing on your forehand can be tricky. The relationship between your arm, racket and body change during the course of the swing to contact with the tennis ball. The basic premise of this lesson is to highlight that, when hitting a forehand, the arm and racket do not start to move independently of the body until the hitting arm position is established.
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Researchers, Bootsma and van Wieringen (1990,) define timing in striking sports as “the time between the first persistent forward motion of the bat, stick, or racquet AND the moment of ball contact”.
In summary, timing and rhythm in tennis are not easy to master, and most technical errors that we see are actually caused by poor timing. In fact, when you’re thinking about the “correct movement of the racquet” , then in your mind’s eye you’re observing your racquet path and you’re not really tracking the ball.
With this timing, the legs are going down as you swing forward. The legs coming up as you contact the ball. Timing And Rhythm When Rallying Next, go to a rallying mode with your friend. Use this timing and rhythm. When the ball is coming down towards your court this is the part when you load your legs (bend the knees slightly). When the ball bounces up, this is the part when you unload your legs. Execute your forehand swing as you unload the legs.
In order to impart topspin for a tennis forehand, the racquet must move upwards. But since we hold the racquet in the dominant arm, we tend to use only the arm – meaning the shoulder joint. (It’s also the strongest, and we like to use it for more power.) The beginning of the upward racquet head movement needs to start with the legs.
The first drill we will be focusing on is going to be a slow, calm short cross court on the forehand side. Directing the ball cross-court is all about timing your swing, to make contact out in front of your body. The face of the racquet should be pointing towards your target.
Overall, the the act of looping or partially looping your forehand creates power and rhythm. The power originates mostly from the shoulder joint, and helps get the momentum started on the swing. In terms of rhythm, the act of looping allows for the gradual development of the swing and helps set up a mental landmark for the start of your swing.
It’s the time the racquet spends in a vertical position with the strings pointing toward the ball. Want to improve your timing? Increase the length of your hitting zone. That’s what the pros do. This gives you a greater margin of error. Remember, the shape of your swing is more important than the speed. Perfect the contact point
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