Here’s a tip on using your hip to help
get more shoulder turn to generate more serve power by turning your shoulders
past your hips to create stretch across your trunk area! Hello! Gregg Le Sueur here for Online Tennis Instruction. Here’s a follow-up video on
a recent case study we did on Shane and we talked specifically about the kinetic
chain. Now we didn’t get into too much detail about using your front hip to
help you turn your shoulders more. I want to cover that now in this video.
Remember Shane had a lot of things to be thinking about but this certainly is
the next step in that process. So what you want to do is we call this knee
flexion, our knees will bend but if we turn our hip out just slightly over the
base line actually allows you to turn your shoulders past our
hips. We create that trunk stretch so if you watch it again…as I start to make
this right-to-left movement the racket goes over my head here, my knees will
bend, I push my hip out…that allows me to turn my shoulders past my hips. You
see how my back is almost towards the net and now I’m creating my stretch in
this trunk area. So watch that again I’ll get to this position knees hips and then
shoulders and you want to do this with a lot of shadow swings but remember it
goes knees first. So you coil from the ground up!
So I want to coil from the ground up, knees, hips, shoulders and an uncoil again
I’m thinking about driving my hip upwards and then my shoulders and my
elbow will then fire in sequence so you can use a medicine ball to do the
same thing and again this is about a four pound medicine ball. It’s not too
heavy and I want to bend my knees my hip goes out slightly and I turn my
shoulders past my hips so when the hip goes out just allows me to get this turn
right here. Now from this position you want to focus on driving the hip upwards,
don’t focus on the arm focus on the hip and think of the ball going straight up
as you drive your hip up in this direction just like that!
Alright and when I do that just make sure I finished my left arm with my
elbow into my stomach preventing me from facing forward too early. Let’s take
a look at a side by side comparison. You will see on the example on
the right how my hips push out past the baseline and as a result I’m able to
create more shoulder turn where my back is pointed further towards the net. You
can see how much further I turn my shoulders past my hips,
this creates stretch in the muscles across the trunk area!