Correct Posture for Tennis

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Posture for Tennis
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Max Edelsack studied sports communication at Marist College, where he also served as an announcer for college athletic competitions. In his free time, Max Edelsack enjoys playing tennis.

Tennis players often think about moving technique elements such as swing and serve positions, but good posture is just as important. A tennis player must be well-balanced and prepared to move whenever he or she is still, and the ability to do so depends on a strong and dynamic stance.

Good posture for the tennis player starts with a gentle bend of the knee. The angle of bend should be above 90 degrees, so that the body remains mobile. Meanwhile, the spine needs to remain straight all the way through the neck, so that the player can move in any direction as action demands.

This upright posture contrasts with the typical ready stance of many players, who tend to bend over when not chasing the ball. Such a stance is not only hard on the back, but also causes an automatic loss of balance when the player starts to move. Recovering this balance takes up crucial time.

Proper balance also requires that the weight remain slightly forward, like that of a runner, and not back on the heels. This prepares the body for forward momentum and helps to avoid swaying when the player shifts forward to move through space. For similar reasons, the player should be sure that the feet remain mostly under his or her center of gravity, lest the stance become too wide and impede quick acceleration to another part of the court.

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