The Finish 

The finish of a stroke is a most important part of it.

A consistent finish takes your mind off the impact and carries on through to the very end goal.

Players that pay too much attention to the impact hessitate on completing the stroke and thus not place the ball exactly where they want.

That is why I recommend to Find the ball, Feel it and Finish the stroke.

You need to establish through practice which is your favorite ending place, and then reinforce it, especially during a match.

On groundstrokes, whether you prefer to finish below or above the opposite shoulder, make sure the butt of the racquet is pointing to the place you sent the ball.

On volleys, stop at or through the impact, with the racquet face (strings) open slightly upwards and facing the direction you hit.

Comments (1)
  1. Ron Rudin Reply

    Your emphasis on the finish has be useful to me. More recently I discovered that I had been somewhat neglecting the “contact”. What actually happens at the contact? This has become my primary focus.
    For some students attention on the finish helps with their preparation, rotation, and contact. But not all. Some are quite oblivious to what happens when the ball meets the racquet, and they don’t have good feel for where to contact the ball and the angle of their racquet. A good finish may help with this. But not always.
    I now give primary attention to what happens at contact. I emphasize racquet angle prior to acceleration, acceleration, compression, roll, and release. This follows your suggestions: track ball (find), accelerate close to contact, push/press in and up on the ball with deflection by literally rolling the ball in the air with the racquet. Finally is the release (let go), which will take the player to a good finish, relaxation, and good preparation for the next shot. At that point instructing the student to finish over or around the shoulder is important if they don’t naturally do it.
    It’s not a guessing game, so I want the student to feel that they know what is supposed to happen at contact, and why good contact creates a foundation which the preparation/rotation and finish revolve around.
    I think that flexibility about where to put the emphasis is important. Other than being in the Present Moment, I find the contact with the ball the central factor in the game. Mindfulness about all this helps minimize “thinking” and result in better “feeling”.
    Thanks Oscar

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