HOW TO PLAY TENNIS | The Best Ready Position For YouDavid Frank October 16, 2019 18 Comments
Hey everyone, it’s Jeff Salzenstein,
and I’ve got a great video lesson for you today. And today, we’re going to talk about why the WTA forehand is the weaker shot
on the Women’s Tour, meaning, most women have better backhands
on the Women’s Tour and I have a theory about why one of the reasons I think why that is.
I’d love to get your comments on why you think women typically have a weaker forehand
than backhand on the Women’s Tour. So, let me get in to my theory right now,
and it has all to do with spacing. So, what’s happening is, a lot of women, not all, but a lot of women on the tour,
they start with their hands together. I’ve actually worked with some
professional players that start like this and I really feel this affects the first move. So, when a female player on the tour, and you don’t have to play on the tour, by the way.
I’ve seen this even at the rec level, but when they make their first move
with this hand on the grip, they’re not able to get proper spacing
with the first move: they’re a little bit closer to their body
when they make their first move right here their arm might be a little bit bent in this position. Now, what sets up great for
a female player with their hand together is, they usually have a great two-handed backhand. So, that’s a strength to starting with the hands together but I really think that the way to go is to
have the hands starting in the ready position on the throat, and then when you make the first move, you’re in this position like this right here Alright. I’ve got Damon Gillette here, he’s going to show us how it’s done, and how it’s not done. We’re going to have him do it the wrong way: the way that I see a lot of rec players,
and even some women pros on the tour do it. Now, we’re going to get into exactly
how you guys can do it a better way, a more efficient way.
So, Damon, you’re going to go ahead, and you’re going to start with both hands together.
(Damon): Okay. And we’re going to get off the camera here. You’re going to have both hands together, and that’s what I see a lot of women, starting in that ready position especially in the Women’s Tour.
And then, what I want you to do, Damon, is just exaggerate that off-arm, kind of being bent, kind of, the hand and palm of the hand turned. (Damon): Okay.
And things that you see when you’re teaching as well. (Damon): Okay. It probably feels funny, doesn’t it?
(Damon): It does. Good. So, what we noticed with
those two versions there, and with those two examples, is that when Damon makes his move, because his hands are together, he’s not able to get in to that strong first move position. He’s kind of down in here. Is that something that you notice as a teacher, especially of women players, Do you notice that going on with the off-hand? (Damon): Definitely, definitely. I think that a lot of times, not just women in general, but a lot of people end up… they don’t know what to do with the left arm. And so, when you end up getting that left arm out of the ball a little bit more, it helps with the shoulder turn and more importantly, I think it helps to hit the ball in the proper spacing in the same spot every time. Yeah, and what we try to do at Jeff Salzenstein Tennis is we acknowledge that that’s happening and instead of just telling the player “Hey, get your arm out a little bit more,”
which can be a great tip we look for little cues to make things that much easier, and I feel like if you start in your ready position with this off-hand on the throat it’s a natural progression to make
a bigger first move like this. If your hands are together, it feels
kind of awkward to get your hand all the way up here. So, if it’s already here, it’s less movement,
and it’s more efficient. So, we’re going to have Damon, go ahead and do it the right way. We’re going to toss him some balls and when I say the right way, there really is no right way. We’re just looking for the most efficient way to do things. Of course, Damon has a one-handed backhand,
so this is going to feel natural but really exaggerate that first move.
(Damon): Okay. So, you can see, because his off-hand is on the throat, you can get that hand up right away. Good. Alright, so, that’s really what we’re looking at doing. We’re looking at making that first move to get your hand in this position instead of down in this position. That’s going to help your spacing,
and if you’re a WTA player that’s trying to figure out why
you’re too close to the ball on your forehand check out this video and see
if you can make the adjustment. Get your off-hand on the throat in your ready position. I really hope you received a ton of value
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