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How To Golf Like TENNIS (Open Up With Wrist Hinge) [Athletics Series]

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Milo Lines:
Hey, everybody. Welcome back out to Superstition Mountain. Milo here along with Henry. And in today’s lesson, we’re talking about how a certain sport relates to golf. And in this case, I have a racquetball racket. I couldn’t find my tennis racket, but this will work. It’s a racket sport. It has a handle similar to a tennis racket and a face similar to a tennis racket, just a shorter shaft, okay? So Henry, can you think of any ways that tennis and golf might relate?

Henry Fall:
Well definitely some wrist angles and even the movement, the body pivoting. And there’s a lot of similarities actually when you start to look at it.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. So when I hit a tennis ball, we’re going to pretend it’s tennis, one thing is the grip changes depending on the shot I want to hit. Now, this grip is not round so it gives me a really good feel for how I can set that racket. So if I was going to hit a top spinner, I’m actually going to twist it and grab it more like this. And now, I can hit this ball with… Notice my wrist is laid back, but I’ve got the face of that racket down like this.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
The racket works back like this, and that would be how I would hit it. Does that have any similarities to a golf swing?

Henry Fall:
Sure. The trail wrist we talked about-

Milo Lines:
The trail wrist. What about my body?

Henry Fall:
Yeah, your chest opening up.

Milo Lines:
Chest is open.

Henry Fall:
Belt buckle’s pointing back even behind me.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, it’s even more open than a golf swing because I don’t have this other hand over here on my forehand. If I was hitting a backhand, it’s not going to be as open quite. But the same principles are going to apply, right?

Henry Fall:
Well even when you think about your hitting over a net, so a lot of times people think like, “Okay, well tennis and golf don’t really match up because golf, you want to hit down on the ball and tennis, you want to hit up on the ball.” But when you think about it and you really look at it, the hands are traveling up through impact and after impact.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. In a golf swing, the hands are definitely-

Henry Fall:
It’s very actually similar to that overhand shot. We just don’t maybe twist arms over it as much, or ideally we don’t.

Milo Lines:
I would say that tennis players, if they’re really trying to hit a real hard top spinner, they do.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But generally, they’re not rolling their arm like this. They’re hitting it and it’s more of this motion.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
That they’re using.

Henry Fall:
And you have your cut shot, which might be good more for a flop or a bunker shot.

Milo Lines:
So slice.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Top spin, see how I changed my grip so I can hit top spin.

Henry Fall:
I think racquetball though is great because when you think about it, you’re really playing a little bit more on a level field, you might even be trying to hit it down just a touch sometimes.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, and usually you’re not trying to put top spin on it.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
You’re just trying to-

Henry Fall:
The only time, you’re trying to hit off the ceiling or something, but you’re really in here like that.

Milo Lines:
Oh, yeah.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Racquetball. You hit the ball like boom.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
And most of the time when I’m hitting a racquetball, I don’t square my body up. I just actually will hit it like this.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But you can definitely see when I go to hit that hard forehand, that’s the pattern.

Henry Fall:
Right. And this is driving your left hip going-

Milo Lines:
This left hip is-

Henry Fall:
That’s driving everything.

Milo Lines:
In the middle of my body going like this is driving this racket.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
The other thing is the shallowing pattern’s the same. If you’re looking at it from this way, as the ball is approaching, my racket’s up.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Like baseball, like tipping the bat a little bit.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. So it’s like a batter tipping the bat, a golfer who’s slightly more vertical here shallowing it out. Some similarities. I don’t see many sports where you bring the implement back like this and over.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
It’s usually this way.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
So another game that’s pretty similar.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Very cool. Yeah. There’s definitely a lot of similarities I see. So we’ve got to serve it up though.

Milo Lines:
Okay.

Henry Fall:
Hopefully, you don’t break some strings.

Milo Lines:
Well almost broke some. Move some around. Okay. So if you liked this video, please hit the subscribe button and the bell icon so you get notified of our new videos. Also, click the link in the description that says milolinesgolf.com and come over and visit our website where we actually teach you how to swing like an athlete and play the best golf of your life.