Many of you, especially beginners, have probably been told that you need to follow through more consistently or that you need to finish your swing more often. Finishing your stroke is one of the most important parts of becoming a good, consistent tennis player.
Often players do not finish their swings in hopes that they will have more control over their shot. However, for a kind of reasons, this is doing more damage than good.
Not following through can hurt your arm and eventually lead to tennis elbow. By stopping your swing your adding more pressure and tension to your elbow, which can result in injury. You also lose spin, power, and accuracy by not finishing your stroke. The quicker you accelerate your racket head through the ball, the more spin you create. Spin, especially topspin helps us keep the ball in play, so by not following through we lose that topspin, which can then lead to more unforced errors. Clearly, we lose nearly all of our power if we don’t finish our swing. All of these elements add up to meaning that our follow through, as simple as it may be, is crucial to becoming a better tennis player.
Think of a major league pitcher or a quarterback in the NFL, and they would never stop their arm movement as quickly as they release the ball. They allow their arm to finish its natural motion and the finish their throw or stroke. The same should apply to your tennis game. Whether you are serving or hitting groundstrokes, you always need to complete your stroke and fully complete the follow through.
Accelerating through the ball is crucial to adding more spin and more power to your groundstrokes and serve. Even though you may think that by swinging faster and finishing your stroke you may hit more balls out, the added topspin will help keep your balls in play. The myth of correct tennis techniques is important to discus with all tennis beginners, so they can learn the basic.