Stay Loose

October 9, 2014 3:53 pm

Today, I want to talk to you about looseness. Now, you’ve probably been told that you need to be very loose when you play tennis, and that the pros are very loose. And it is true that the pros are loose and they get a lot of loose energy. But how loose should you be? And how do you actually get loose? That’s what we want to talk about today. Now, first I want to mention though, if you’re making changes to your technique, it is actually okay and absolutely normal to be a little bit tight, because you’re recruiting different muscles. When you’re recruiting different muscles and changing your technique, you’re automatically going to be a little bit tight. Now, once you’ve gotten used to the changes, however, and the end goal is always to be loose. So, what’s the best way to get loose? The best way I know is what’s called the “Looseness Style,” and this is a concept from Jeff Greenwald, whom we did a course with a couple of months ago called Play Out of Your Mind. Basically, what the looseness style – you’re going to put your hand out like this and you’re going to squeeze your fist. On a scale from 1 to 10, if you squeeze as hard as you can and your arm is super-tight, so that’s a 10. And then you go down and you release that fist a little bit, that arm gets looser and looser, so 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… And then you can go all the way down to 1, and that’s where the arm is as loose as it can possibly be. The optimal level that I’ve found, and that’s also what Jeff Greenwald recommends, is around 3 or 4 on the looseness style. So, you want to get a feel for that, that 3 or 4 tension level in your arm, that’s usually optimal for you to hit the tennis ball. Then, when you play, you can go out and you can recall that feeling, especially when you have a tendency to get tight, and you’ll notice that you arm tightens up and it’s more going to be like an 8, 9 or 10, and then you recall that feeling. And that works a lot better than telling yourself to be loose, because I’m sure you’ve tried that and that usually does not work. So, the looseness style is extremely effective and I highly recommend that you give this a try. Summary: Teaching the Looseness Style from Jeff Greenwald to change up how you get loose on the court.

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