Generating A Powerful Tennis Game

As amateur tennis players, there is one thing we are always striving to achieve. Power. We want more power in our shots. We want this for two reasons. Firstly, because we know that power means harder shots, power means that your opponent is less likely to get into position to hit their return. The second reason is much simpler. Deep down, we all want to hold a racket and knock the fur off the tennis ball for no reason more complex than needing to release the beast within.

 

There are two ways to generate power. The right way, and the wrong one. I want to talk to you now about how to do it the right way. However, I would be remiss if I did not point out the wrong way. At least at a basic level.

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Don't Try To Knock the Fur off the Ball

When the ball comes your way, the red mist can easily descend. It clouds your judgement and takes away your thought processes. You stiffen up, your movements lose their fluidity and when you finally meet the ball, you are doing the one thing you should not be trying to do. Hit the ball hard. The harder you try, the more you will fail.

 

The best way to generate true power in your tennis strokes can be summed up with eight simple steps. All of them fall together to not only increase your power, but give you a natural, effortless style to your tennis game.

Footwork is the Ground Work of Good Tennis

Footwork is key. Understanding which leg you need to plant and which one you need to use for the generation of coil and power. Footwork may just increase your power, but it will also put you in a good position for the rest of the rally to. Hitting a big, powerful shot is good, however, it means nothing if you are not ready for the return. If it does not come, then that is all well and good.

 

Be prepared in your swing. Read the game and see the shot before it comes. Start your backswing not just in time, but early, because it means you are going to be in the very best position for a smooth swing and contact with the ball. This leads into the other key part of the move. A natural follow through.

 Female Tennis Player

Embrace Your Individuality

We are all individuals, and we are not there to play every shot in the same way. Our tennis game is part of who we are, and as such, we should allow the natural flow of our shots to be an extension of the same. To generate real power, do not force it, allow your natural swing, especially your follow through to shine through and you will see everything about your game change.

 

The benefit of allowing your natural style, and sing to come through means that you will be prepared for the tennis ball before it reaches you and your tennis racket will be in front of your body when you make contact. This will seriously increase the power in your shots, as well as giving you time to move from your follow through into the position needed to hit your return.

Stay Relaxed and Let Your Swing Grow

Stay relaxed. Keep your mind relaxed, and your body will follow. The key moment, the moment of impact, is the most vital, and having your arm relaxed and fluid is the key to it all. It sounds like a lot to remember, but it is all natural, it is all fluid, and actually part of one single motion. A motion that is unique to you, and therefore already perfectly designed to help you get the maximum power behind your shots.

 

Just remember, keep your knees bent, keep yourself primed, that way you can pounce when the time it right. Forward or back, left to right, you are ready to move.

 Female Tennis Player

The Power of the Coil

The other added bonus of bending your knees when you move to strike the ball is that you can get a greater turn in your upper body. Ideally you should aim to rotate your upper body, especially your shoulders, as close to 180 degrees as you can get. This amount of coil, means that you can really rotate into the swing. Uncoil your shoulders and move through into your hips as you move the weight from your back foot to your front. When put together, this generates the greatest acceleration in your racket head, which is directly related to the power you will get in your shot.

 

There is no guarantee that you will turn into Pete Sampras overnight, but with regular play and practice, these tips will certainly help you build the power we all so desperately seek

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