Work = Force x Distance
In the basic work equation if you increase the force you must decrease the distance in order to preserve the same amount of work or energy. Assuming that it takes the same amount of work to swing a tennis racket in the proper or improper technique a similar equation can be formulated.
Total Swing Work = Leg Work + Hip Work + Arm Work + Wrist Work
The swing complication lies in the way the total swing work is distributed across the four different contributors. Since it is much more difficult to discipline the body to coordinate the work from the leg through the hips, arm and wrist the natural tendency is to limit the work from the legs and hips and increase the amount of work from the arm and wrist to achieve the total swing energy. The problem with using the arm and wrist as the main power supply to the swing is that it is difficult to control or standardize that swing because the wrist has many degrees of freedom that it can move in. Therefore, this type of swing does not satisfy the accuracy and consistency that is needed to achieve higher levels of competitive tennis.
Unfortunately, the incorrect type of swing does not involve a lot of preparation or positioning and therefore becomes the default swing for all beginners. So instructors are faced with a fundamental challenge of changing the natural swing tendency of a player.
The proper swing involves a kinetic chain of events to occur starting with the proper planting of the feet and legs then activating the hips and swinging the arm while minimizing the work from the wrist. This swing takes a lot more thought and preparation and is therefore not the default type of swing for beginner tennis players. Explaining the proper swing technique is difficult because the players mind and body want to hit the ball using the easier improper technique. It is difficult to ingrain the proper swing because an instructor must hit thousands of balls with a student and correct them every time the proper swing is not executed.
The Racket Bracket® teaches a player the proper swing technique by simply removing the player’s ability to use the wrist as a power supply to the swing. Once the wrist is eliminated as a source of power the student magically starts to look for that power from the legs and hips. They must also use footwork to prepare themselves for the shot because without the ability to adjust the wrist they must strike the ball at the same contact point each time. Repeatedly hitting with the device builds in the muscle memory of the swing and ingrains it as the primary way to approach hitting a tennis ball. This is the foundation for any player to build a better tennis game.
The Racket Bracket® simply locks the racket into the same plane as the arm eliminating the ability to flex the wrist in the improper direction. It creates the feel that the tennis racket is just an extension of the arm and not controlled by the wrist. The racket can freely move within the device in the proper manner so that when a proper swing is attained the user will not even notice having the device on. Except for the serve, The Racket Bracket® will strengthen all strokes and volleys regardless of grip type including two handed grips. The Racket Bracket& is also easier to use then all the other tennis training aids.