The Tennis Swing Vs. The Golf Swing

Is the tennis swing anything like the golf swing?

Well I think the back hand tennis swing is very much like the golf swing.  I’m going to prove it to you with the video below of a tennis pro in New York, Chris Porte.  Chris sent us a video of his back hand questioning whether I thought the two swings had any similarity.  Here’s his email:  (Please see the followup email he sent after the analysis below)

Hi Bobby, we emailed back and forth some time ago; I coach tennis in NY City. I just watched your video on letting the arms swing while keeping the shoulders turned-you used Garcia. It reminded me of the my handed backhand where I let the arm swing freely AWAY from me-the body followed. Is that fair to say? Chris

I’ve been hammering away at all my kind and patient student members about how the arms work independent of the body on the down swing. Also on how you MUST be behind the golf ball not on top of it.  (Golfers build their golf swing on top of the golf ball because some idiot told them to keep their head down and not move it.)

If you are right handed it is your left shoulder you want to line up with the golf ball not your head at address and at the moment of impact.  Yes with the shorter golf clubs the ball moves back in the stance which gives the appearance as if the shoulder is past the ball but it’s not!  The shorter golf clubs, (8,9,pw,gw,etc.)  are built with shaft lean forward to accommodate the steeper angle of attack.  The shorter golf clubs have a steeper lie angle or are more upright.  (pictured below)

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The golf club is swinging from your front shoulder not your head!  Getting your front arm, and club shaft all in straight line at impact, is the challenge.  Take a look at the picture at impact.

 

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In order to accomplish any of these positions above you MUST get comfortable with having your head positioned well behind the golf ball at address or allow it to glide with the swing motion back and forth but NOT up and down!  Take your pick.  Either method will work.

 

Here’s the video I sent to Chris.

Here’s Chris comments after the video.

Hi Bobby, Thanks for doing the analysis! I’ve forwarded it to golf and tennis buddies and everyone enjoyed it with even some “aha, that makes sense” I’ve looked at virtually all the top instructors’ videos and you really are among the very best, if not THE best.
I’m 57 and playing on a torn meniscus (only very part time coaching and volunteer work) but grew up on lawn tennis at the old US Open Club in Forest Hills-I’m still a member; many open championships won over 4 decades, rankings, credentials, but here’s the thing-started with a weak Continental grip when I was five, which encouraged underspin slice but had good coaching a few years later and developed the stroke you see-it can be done!
Anyway, thanks again, of course show it to your students, and if you are in New York please do call on me-would love to have you as my guest at Forest Hills. ps Bob Dylan performing in our antique stadium in July.
Regards,
Chris

 

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