Many players on the ATP and WTA tours produce powerful shots with swings that do not look extremely fast. Some of this comes from their natural ability but there are things you can do to improve your power without adding more effort to your swings. First, you must realize that hitting the ball in the center of your strings provides more power than any other technique idea. This solid hit allows you to use all of the pace that is already on the shot, and will also help you generate additional pace. Hitting the ball early is another characteristic of the easy power player. Hitting early encourages a higher racquet head speed, weight going forward, and reducing the time your opponent has to react to the shot. Finally, the smoothness of the swing can also add power to the shot. Smoothness is the ability to get the racquet moving to the ball, through the contact point, and to the follow through without losing racquet head speed. All of these things make the shot seem even faster than it actually is, and the result is the easy power that we would all love to have on the tennis court.
Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Professional, is a Tennis Coach with Traveling Tennis Pros in Tucson, Arizona, the Director of Annacone Tennis, MyHamptonsPro and First Serve Tucson. Steve is also a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona Women’s team. For questions about lessons, clinics, or coaching, please go to our Tennis Lessons Arizona page or contact us.