- ETI 018 The Heavy Ball
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One of the most common phrases in tennis today is ‘hit a heavy ball’. So what is a heavy ball?
The incoming shot “feels heavy” when that shot has a lot of momentum.
Generally heavy shots are produced with a combination of racquet speed as well as body weight “against the ball.”
But (as always) there is more. In addition, I believe it has to do with perception. If the player times their racquet acceleration and weight shift – the appearance is of minimal effort – and that cue often surprises us when the ball arrives heavily.
Whereas when the player leaps, grunts, and whips the racquet – those cues may more readily help us to identify a ball arriving with significant momentum.
Heavy balls feel like they shoot through the court, seem to have more pace after the bounce, and often produce late or defensive replies.
Want to hit heavily (hold on here what follows is old school) – bring your body weight and racquet against the ball.
Let me know what you think…