Forehand POWER Science – KINETIC CHAIN Explained (Part 1)

by | Mar 18, 2019 | Technique | 0 comments

How does Nadal, Federer, Djokovic blast that 90 MPH forehand?

And how can you get more power on your forehand?

What’s up, athletes! You’re here because you believe that you can max your potential on the tennis court with the law of success: learn, apply, and win.

In this four-part series, you’re gonna learn what’s common in all the top forehands in the world.

And the most effective way to get that effortless power on your forehand – by using the modern forehand kinetic chain.

Let’s go!

Muscles > Swing

First of all, it’s not just about how much force you can create.

That’s why no matter how hard you try to swing, your shots just don’t seem to go any faster.

And as a result, you can’t get control of the rally.

The problem is you need to use the right muscles to generate force.

It’s about how well you can channel all that power into your racquet head. 

Chain Analogy

Your body is just like a chain. Think about Bruce Lee’s nunchucks.

How does such small movement lead to such massive power?

Whether it’s a lasso, a whip, or Nadal buggy whip forehand, all of these weapons have something in common.

As the force travels out from its starting point, it accumulates, by the end, leading to one big crackle.

And you can visually see it in all the best forehands in the world.

Kinetic Chain Science

Your body can be separated into segments or body parts based on their joint. 

Whenever you generate force in one part of your body and then decelerate it, that force will be transferred to the next body parts, accelerating them.

In the forehand, this cycle of acceleration and deceleration happens from your legs to hips, to your trunk, to shoulders, arms, and wrist.

When done right, each time, the energy will accumulate all the way to the racquet head on contact.

This is the process of the kinetic chain is how you build racquet head speed.

Stretch Shorten Cycle

Now, along with this, your forehand is also powered by your body’s natural stretch-shorten cycle.

And this is probably the biggest differences between the pros and most intermediate players.

Let’s say you’re running.

Your body is built to generate force using elastic energy.

Whenever you want to contract a muscle, your brain sends an electric signal to the muscle you’re firing.

Against a resistance, your muscle will be forced to stretch. 

Your muscles are like rubber bands.

The more you pull on a rubber band, the faster it’ll shoot forward when you release.

And the more bands you stretch, the more potential energy you have.

All this stored energy building up to one large pop.

When your muscles are stretch in your forehand, your body builds energy so that you can spring forward with tremendous force.

So your goal is to utilize this stretch-shorten cycle and generate as much energy as possible, through your entire kinetic chain to contact.

The Problem Expanded

But there are just two major problems you suffer if you lack power or topspin:

1. Unlike the cheetah, you don’t use your entire body, specifically your legs and core, to generate force

  • If you use your arms as your main source of power
  • Even if once in a while, you get a good shot in, your forehand won’t be effortless or fluid

2. Unlike the whip, you don’t transfer the force into the tip or your racquet head effectively

  • If you don’t decelerate your body parts at the right time, or you over-rotate, you won’t be maximizing your racquet head speed

Now we’re gonna get into the specifics of how you can train this modern kinetic chain into your game.

But first, there’s a super important key that you need to know.

If you want a high-level forehand, you need to go past this science and apply these techniques.

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And feel that clean, effortless contact.

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Until next time guys, go and train hard.