Many well educated people have written their version of this principle. Essentially, it is about verbally saying a word when you strike the ball. The point of it is to give you a singularly focus when getting ready to hit the ball, to eliminate the 'chatter' in your brain. In this video, the expert, Jeff, uses the word, "YES!" I've also come across, "bounce, hit" and "split, bounce, hit." The later two examples incorporate saying something when the ball bounces-you figured that out, though :-).
Article Found Here: Suzanna McGee's Website
If there is one (one and only) exercise that you should do for the health of your shoulders, this is it.
The modern man’s (and woman’s) shoulders are unfortunately quite dysfunctional. They don’t move in the full range of motion. The chest muscles are too tight and pulling the shoulders forward. The muscles in the upper back and rear shoulders are often too weak.
You may be familiar with the rounded upper back posture, head forward and downward, sunken in chest. Looking your phone or tablet doesn’t help either. Sitting hours behind your computer, or driving in a traffic doesn’t help either.
Wether you play tennis, other sports, are a fitness warrior or just plainly care about your health, you should be taking care of your shoulders. Today’s exercise—shoulder dislocates—is beautifully named because you will feel just like that when you perform it in the beginning. Until you get your shoulders healthy.
Think of gymnasts or ballet dancers, what a beautiful posture they always have. They don’t arch their backs overly, they always keep the core and glutes engaged, but most of all, their shoulders are pulled back and down, in a natural way. Because they are healthy and function in a full range of motion.
When your shoulders are healthy, flexible, and properly aligned, you will have a better posture, less tension in your neck, fewer headaches, a better body alignment and function much more effectively.
Shoulder DislocatesThis “basic” exercise is a foundation that may seem almost impossible to do at first. If you keep doing it, you will improve rather dramatically and rather quickly. Stay with it, and adopt this exercise as your daily routine, just for a few minutes.
Suzanna Mcgee's Article on her website both explains the "why" this move is important and the "how" to do it correctly.
1. Serve Toss: You are not throwing the ball high enough, because you are afraid to reach up and go get that ball. You end up bending your arm like you are going to high five the ball rather then going up and over top of the ball to crush it over the net.
2. Following Through on Your Ground Strokes: Show me your chicken wing!! This is your right elbow on a forehand GS and your left elbow on a backhand GS *right handed players. You are stopping your swing mid way to keep the ball in, but in fact this will make the ball go long. By swinging 'all the way through the ball,' which means finishing over your shoulder, you will generate speed and spin to keep the ball in bounds and deep in the court.
3. Coming to the Net in Doubles: You can dominate in doubles if you stop letting fear get in the way. Even if you aren't comfortable at the net, imagine how you feel when your opponents rush the net. Seriously, imagine what that feels like for you. ....................................................................................................... Flip the script and take charge of your match by getting to the net first and cause your opponents to make an error due to his/her fear of you being a dominant force at the net.
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