- ETI 002 The Modern Game of Tennis – accelerate the racquet head
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The Modern Game – Rotational vs the Linear Old School Model
Once upon a time strokes were long and deliberate, and remember the racquets were heavy. And the sweet spots were small. Now the racquets are lighter, the sweet spots larger, and the loosely strung co-poly strings are like magic – and the all combine to make our modern model more about acceleration rather than deliberation.
Learn how to loosen up, shorten your backswings, lag the racquet head, and accelerate thru the ball. More topspin and more power will be at your command.
The simplest example concerns the racquet head. In the old school method players were trained to prepare with the racquet pointing to the back fence, and to follow thru with the racquet head pointing to the front fence. And to move the raquet head carefully thru the contact zone. Deliberate, carefully, aiming the tiny sweet spot at the ball for as long as possible. I was from that generation and still carry quite a bit of that baggage. Can’t be helped. Played college tennis in the 1966 to 1970 – long time ago.
Now the equipment is different, but equally our professional models look so different from what we see on Tennis Channel in the highlight films from the 1970’s. And as our game evolves, and it will continue to do so, the modern stroke is nearly opposite. Players prepare with the racquet head pointing to the front fence and follow thru with the racquet pointing to the back fence. And this is the acceleration model, one with much shorter back swings, and much more attention to ripping rather than stroking the ball. I guess, it is what it is.
So – Loosen up and let it rip