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“LISTEN TO YOUR WATCH�

  Teaching students to follow through properly on the forehand swing
has always been a challenge. The visual cue that works the best is to
listen to your watch tick. If you are right handed, picture yourself wearing
a wrist watch on your right wrist. Before the digital age we had watches
which were run by springs and wheels that made a ticking sound.  So
when you swing your forehand make sure you bring your right wrist up to
your left ear as if you were listening to your watch tick.
   In order for this to happen your wrist will probably be laid back. Your
arm will have to pronate so your racquet makes the popular windshield
wiper motion. Your arm will extend through the contact and the elbow will
come up under the chin. The racquet will finish over your left shoulder.
   Most of the proper forehand technique can be found in this simple
visual cue. “Listen to your watch tick!�

Doug Hofer, USPTA       March 12, 2009
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