hip or waist rotation in forehand strokes

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enky4u
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I use penhold grip.

When I play forehand strokes in a match, I use only forearm snap for speed. When I warmup I use hip rotation as well.

How to make it a habit to do hip rotation and weight transfer? Any cues you follow to force hip rotaion?

Any tips to practise hip rotation and make it part of forehand strokes?

Thanks a lot.

Larry Hodges
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Re: hip or waist rotation in forehand strokes

 

When I play forehand strokes in a match, I use only forearm snap for speed. When I warmup I use hip rotation as well.

How to make it a habit to do hip rotation and weight transfer? Any cues you follow to force hip rotaion?

Any tips to practise hip rotation and make it part of forehand strokes?

The problem, as you note, is that you are not doing in matches what you are practicing. To overcome this, you probably need a combination of rote and random drills.

Rote drills are drills where you have a set pattern, such as your partner hits the ball to two spots (perhaps wide forehand and middle), and you return each shot with your forehand, moving side to side. This is exactly the type of rote drill you need to do to make using hip rotation part of the stroke. If you do this and similar forehand drills regularly, it'll become more and more a conditioned part of your forehand technique, and likely to cross over into your match play. 

Random drills are drills where there is some randomness built in. For example, your partner might hit the ball randomly to either your forehand or backhand, and you have to react to each shot. Unlike rote drills, where you know where the next ball is, you have to react like a game situation. This is likely the root of your problem; you probably feel a bit more rushed in games, and so shorten your stroke by leaving out the hip rotation. So do random drills like this one to develop the habit of using the full stroke in game-type situations. Another random drill is your partner hits the ball randomly either to your wide forehand or middle, and you return all with your forehand. Another good one is your partner hits one ball randomly to the corners (you return either forehand or backhand), then one to the middle (you return with your forehand), and then repeats. There are many other possiblities, but keep it simple at first until you feel comfortable. 

When you feel ready, try playing game-type drills where you focus on using your full forehand stroke. For example, you serve, partner returns to a specific spot, you attack with your forehand (so the first shot is "rote"), then play out the point (so the rest of the drill is "random"). 

Hope this helps!