Almost anyone you ask who plays tennis will say they try to hit with power, but in my Tennis Lessons in Paphos, I try to change this perception.
Why? If you listen to tennis commentators, you often hear them talking about players tightening up, especially on the big points. Think about it. What’s happening? They get stressed, they hold the racquet tighter and they try to force the shot. So, what happens to the flow and shape of the stroke? It changes. The relaxed, consistent stroke disappears, there’s less spin and bam! The shot goes out or in the net. This is exactly what happens when you try to add more “power” to a shot and to “muscle” it. You straighten your arm, grip the racquet tighter and lose the shape of your stroke.
So what can you do? Change your mindset. When you want to add power, what do you want the ball to do? Come on, think for a sec. Yup. Make the ball go faster. So, if you want the ball to go faster, what does it make sense to do? Make the racquet go faster – accelerate the racquet head speed.
So next time you want to add power to the ball, just think that you want to add speed. Power can come from the legs.
Let me know how it works for you!