Power Seat: Add more pop to your shots
© Tennis 15-30
By Nick Bollettieri, of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, who has trained many collegiate and professional players, including 10 who reached the world No. 1 ranking.
Everyday players often believe they must get stronger to have more powerful shots. In truth, there’s no reason for physical stress. All you need is a chair and a partner to toss you balls.
1. Sit in the chair with your backside fairly close to the front of the seat. Have your legs spread apart and keep your shoulders parallel to the net.
2. Take your racquet back just as you when you stand and hit.
3. Accelerate your racquet head through the point of contact.
4. At the end of your follow-through, the palm of your hitting hand should face outward.
5. Now get off the chair and maintain the same wide base when you hit the ball. As you swing, raise up from your legs. This will give you balance and power.
One last tip, and it’s crucial: Tension is the enemy of power. Do not hold your racquet as if it were a life raft. Relax your fingers and your hand. Be loose with your entire body. Let the racquet do its work and soon you’ll not only have more power, but more power that you can control.