Non racket arm
James Willstrop backhand racket preparation
Published: 11 Oct 2007 - 09:47 by jimbob1965
Updated: 15 Oct 2007 - 10:43
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Just recently, I have been going 'back to basics' by analysing my basic swing technique and in particular, racket preparation. This is because I have become aware of some basic flaws in my technique, which I am absolutely certain is preventing further progress, as evidenced by the fact that I have 'plateaued', and even recently gone backwards, in my local league.
Anyway, I have been taking a much closer look at how the pros do things by watching video clips in slow motion and by studying still images. This has led me to think about something that I had never properly considered before - what should be done about your 'non racket' arm. At present, I just sub-consciously hold it vertically downwards to keep it away from the main swinging action of my racket arm.
I recently attended the final of English Grand Prix at Birmingham University (Willstrop v Lincou) and took some video and still shots, and noticed through this in particular that both players, and particularly James, do something quite different, which looks a deliberate part of their racket preparation and swing. They tend, particularly on the backhand and as the racket reaches its highest point on the backswing, to raise the non racket arm upwards with the elbow bent and the fingers fanned outwards. See the link to the still image I took for a good example from James.
As the player moves to strike the ball, however, the non racket arm does drop down to point towards the floor and straighten out, although the fingers remain fanned out.
I think a number of pro players also adopt a similar technique. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the function of this movement of non racket arm is, whether it is integral to good swing technique and is therefore something to try to build into your own swing? My theory is that it is part of ensuring good balance throughout the swing.
Any views would be most welcome. It is probably yet another thing to think about in my quest for a better swing - at the moment, RACKET UP (!!) seems to be dominating my thoughts!!
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