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Offline partyboy_ping

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Ball speed
« on: March 19, 2009, 12:51:01 PM »
today i played with my partner, he plays the same style as me, hard hitter.

We were rallying and my friend told me that

our ball was really fast, but the problem is

I think I did not use all of my power to hit the ball, but when I tried, I just could not increase anymore power to my ball.

I feel like I did not use any of my power,, why is that?

Anyone pls clarify my curiousity !!

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Re: Ball speed
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 02:19:38 PM »
You can't "increase power" by swinging harder. You need to get your power from your swing. Swinging hard doesn't allow you to increase power, and destroys your ability to control, and kills consistency.
What you need to do to increase power is add more to what Billie Jean King calls the kinetic chain. Using the legs, hips, shoulders and arms to whip the racquet into the hitting zone. You body turns into a whip and the racquet is the tip of that whip. The more you add to the kinetic chain the more power (in control) you have.

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Re: Ball speed
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 02:34:14 PM »
Good points Dmast. I think some believe that it all starts in the arm and that only swinging the racquet harder/faster will increase pace when it usually does the opposite. Increased power starts from the bottom up. When you try to swing really hard at the ball, you constrict the muscles in your arm, this inhibits control and power. The power comes from the legs and the core, the arm acts like a whip. Keeping the arm lose and fluid will allow you to hit a more powerful shot. Load the legs, get the correct shoulder and stance to make sure you are well balanced, keep the hitting arm loose and fluid, keep the racquet head closed until contact and move forward into the ball. That will increase your power.

Trying to arm the ball to increase power will only cause injury down the road.
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Re: Ball speed
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 02:36:13 PM »
So really the bottom line is, don't swing harder, swing more efficiently.

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Re: Ball speed
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 09:51:11 PM »
thank you masters
i will try today

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Re: Ball speed
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010, 10:41:14 AM »
Wow thumbs up to the explanation!  ;-()
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