– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
here from PlayYourCourt, and today we’re going to
show you a simple secret to generate way more power
on your groundstrokes. – Way more power. (ball whooshing) – All right guys, so
today we’re talking about how to generate some effortless power on your ground strokes. This video is for players a little bit more advanced, PlayYourCourt rating of 70 and up, if you’re not in our community or familiar with our ratings system, the 70 PlayYourCourt rated player is the equivalent of a USTA 4.0, so Nate talk to me here, effortless
power on our groundstrokes, what’s going on here, we’ve
got some dots on the ground, what are you talking to us about today? – Those dots are actually
lines, Scott, but that’s okay. – Lines
– That’s all right we’re good.
– Not dots. – Hey, been a long day, I get it. Guys, probably gonna surprise you here, we’re not actually talking
about the mechanics of the stroke itself, we’re
actually talking about how you’re moving to the ball and what you’re doing with your momentum. – Footwork will make your dream work? – Footwork will
– Or is that teamwork? – make the dream work. I think that’s right. So what we’re gonna really
talk about is getting up to the ball and not hitting the brakes. How do we slow down, but
still use the momentum to drive through the ball, with
the hips and the shoulders, and this is what you’re
gonna be seeing the pros do. Really when they’re
getting these short balls, this pivot step as we
call it, which allows you to move forward to the net if you’d like, or to recover back with
pretty much seamless ease. All right guys, so we’re
back here and as you can see we’ve got lines down and
what they’re indicating is that we’re getting a short
ball and that’s the direction that Scott is gonna be moving in. The first thing we’re gonna show you is the incorrect way to
receive this short ball. What Scott’s gonna do
is he’s gonna track and where he’ll stop is where the ball will be that way you can imagine the contact. But Scott is gonna move up to the ball, and completely hit the brakes. And what you can see here
is this leg is trying to stabilize, the hip
is immobile because it’s trying to hold the position. And he’s gonna be pretty off balance here, if I give him a gentle
nudge he’s gonna fall all the way over. And what this does is if
you’re consciously trying to slow down and hit the
brakes with the foot work, you’re also gonna get
some tension in your hand, which is going to slow the
stroke down itself, all right? So let’s show you mistake number two. This time Scott is gonna come
up to a ball that’s weak, it’s short, and he’s gonna
set up with an open stance. So the problem with this is now he’s just all crossed up, right? The momentum, unless he does a full 180 to get around the ball, right? It’s gonna be really really
difficult to allow the hip to come all the way around
creating effortless power. So now, let’s fix it. Let’s show the correct
way on how to hit this forehand with the pivot step. Go ahead Scott. He’s stepping in with his front foot, and then he’s allowing the hip to work all the way around, and notice the easy, easy, recovery afterwards. Because as the right leg,
one more time, one more time. As the right leg comes all the way around, he can now push back to center here. This is gonna give him easy
power, it’s gonna let the rocket move effortlessly,
and he has his choice, he can go down the line,
he can go cross court, and he can recover, or
he can go to the net. All right guys, as you
can see we’re over here on the ad-court and
what we’re gonna work on is the short backhand. I know many of you, this
is going to help immensely. I struggled so much as a
junior, coming up to balls and hitting the brakes and
feeling really cramped up through the backhand while
trying to be aggressive. And I ended up having some
problems with the lower back, the hip, because of
doing this incorrectly. And what Scott’s going to demo here is exactly what we’re talking about. Hitting the brakes, and really running into a wall as he’s trying to get through the stroke and create big power. – So the wrong way. – The wrong way. – So what you’ll notice here — – Oh I feel off balance. – Yeah, immediately an imbalance. So he’s pulling off the
ball, probably gonna hook the ball wide, right? And at this point there’s
really no way to get the racket all the way
through effortlessly, because the hip is the road block. That’s what I want you guys
to take away from this, is by not allowing the
hip to come through, with this much momentum
forward, the road block is gonna create this imbalance, just destructing the entire stroke. – Yeah, I feel real
tangled up, when I hold it. I feel like I’m going to fall to the left, and my whole body just feels tangled up. – A pretzel.
– Feels like a jerk, yeah. Feels like I jerked the backhand almost. – No good, so let’s talk to them a little bit about the right way, okay? And it’s gonna be the same exact thing we saw in the forehand, he’s just gonna bring his left foot around on a pivot. And notice the quick recovery, right? And now here’s the nice
thing, so Scott show us if you wanted to go to
the net off this one. Right either which way, whether he’s going forward to the
net or he’s recovering, he’s always allowing that
left hip to come around. Now one little note here,
this is really important, what you don’t wanna
do is hinge like a door in this movement, and
what I mean is coming up and immediately pulling the leg around. That’s not what we’re talking about. As you can notice too,
one more time Scott, the hip holds back just a little bit, but he releases it through
the stroke, all right? I think if you guys really pay attention to what your feet are doing, coming up to the ball and being aggressive, getting to the ball a little bit earlier, proceeding to the net, or quick recovery, your groundstrokes are
going to be monsters. So put a little attention to what you’re doing with your
hips, and your shoulders, take your foot off the brake, all right? And by doing that you’re
gonna have just massive, explosive power off of
your forehand and backhand. – Yeah Nate, so that’s great instruction and guys I hope this
really helps you deliver some more power to your groundstrokes. A lot of the instruction
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13 thoughts on “Add more POWER to your groundstrokes INSTANTLY – Tennis Tip”

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  2. What an amazing video! Very simple concept to understand on how to unlock the hips for more power. Sirs, I'm assuming the same principle applies on 1 hand backhands? You pivot as you hit the shot as opposed to just standing sideways to the net to hit a short backhand?

  3. Sometimes you better stay in the anchor. Versatility. Different balls and intentions. And if the hip comes around it will come around just like the pivot might stay in the ground or get airborne. Watch the Master, Fed. And you can always rum through the contact also.

  4. I've always taught my students to let the body flow through the shot, if you're hitting this with thw proper technique, that leg should come through basically automatically.

  5. great video, learned a lot. I will apply this lesson to my 8 year old son. We live in the Philippines, not much coaching here so lessons like these are great.

  6. Love that comment about being able to push back into the origonal position by bringing the leg through.Recovery into position between strokes adds an advantage.(still working on it!)

  7. I'd say that's a way of doing it. Going right left through the shot as you dismissed does also work really well and probably better if you're looking to finish it up at the net. What you lose in rotation from the hip going through you more than make up for in overall momentum as your body weight is travelling through the shot. Also lengthens the strike zone because you're travelling through the shot. The same goes for hopping through it like Roger. For a ball just inside the baseline or on the baseline pivoting on the front foot as demonstrated here works well. Although even then playing it open stance and pushing hard off the outside leg into the court is even better in my experience however is definitely only appropriate for higher level players as it requires a lot more skill and coordination.

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