How To Use Tennis Forearm For Maximum Power

By Kimberlee Leonard

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Tennis players often have a very noticeable difference between their dominant tennis arm and their nondominant one. This means that a right-handed tennis player will often have a forearm much larger and stronger than his left. The forearm is an essential component in creating stability in shots and maximizing the power of each and every tennis shot.

Strengthen the Arm Itself

The forearm acts as a lever in a tennis stroke. Just as a firm racket can increase the power of a shot, a strong forearm can increase the power as well. Working the flexors and extensor muscles is a great way to increase tennis stroke power. This is achieved easily by squeezing a tennis ball and doing wrist curls with the palms up and palms down.

Wrist Snap

Maximizing strength means using every possible source including the wrist. A strong forearm gives greater control over the wrist. The faster a player can snap her wrist through the ball, the more velocity she can impart on the ball. This is a double-edge sword, however, as snapping the wrist also increases the likelihood for error. When balls go errant, it is best to go back to a firm wrist. Even when snapping the wrist, it is important to keep in mind that the wrist needs to be straight with the forearm and hand for ideal control at the point of contact.

Relaxed Power

The power of the tennis player is not in a strained muscle, but rather in a loose muscle the flexes on impact. Overstraining the muscles while trying to impart power will lead only to premature muscle fatigue and possible cramping or injury. The grip on the racket should be kept loose until contact is made. This will keep the forearm relaxed until the moment of contact, allowing the power to surge through the arm into the racket and through the ball.

About the Author

Kimberlee Leonard has been working as a freelance writer for five years. Her work spans a variety of genres including screenplays, children's books and business content. She brings her 7 years of financial services savvy to business and marketing content.