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Hey guys!! In order to keep helping you develop better and more complete strokes, I wanted to share with you this piece of advice on how to get the hips invo...
Tennis players have the most problems with the forehand and two-handed backhand strokes when it comes to hip rotation (pelvis engagement) and not so much on the one-handed backhand, where it’s less pronounced and also tends to happen more naturally. It’s very important to understand that the hips/pelvis DON’T ROTATE by themselves!
The secret to a successful tennis forehand is to turn your hips and upper body as one unit when you're preparing to hit the ball, rather than just moving your racquet back. By thinking 'unit turn,' you put yourself in a better position to hit the ball. To get your forehand flowing, think unit turn rather than simply racquet back.
In today's tennis lesson, I explain and illustrate how to correctly use the hips when hitting a forehand, backhand (2-H & 1-H), and the serve.Mentioned in Vi...
To learn the feel of the movement for a forehand, attach the non-slip hip belt from the Total Athlete System™ set around the hips (not the waist!) with one end of the Total Athlete System™ attached to the D-ring located on the right buttock and the other end attached to a stationary post or beam.
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For maximum effectiveness, it is necessary to separate the hip turn from the shoulder turn. Since all groundstrokes start from the bottom up, the hips should be the first to be put into motion after forward weight shift. As the hips begin to rotate forward, the shoulders should remain in the side-facing position.
It’s true that an advanced forehand is a mixture of complex elements, but it can still be broken down into simple elements. The two main engines that create power for the forehand shot in tennis are the rotation and extension of the arm. Note how the hips moved when Federer began rotating into the ball.
The wide forehand is one of such situations. At contact, Emma Raducanu’s hips and chest have been fully unwound, and are now roughly facing her target. This alignment indicates that shes’ successfully accelerated her racket using the strong muscles of her core, and it provides her with ample freedom of adjustment during the swing. The biomechanical alignment in question here, the alignment that Emma takes advantage of on her elite wide forehand, is having both the hips and the chest ...