Hitting Picture Perfect

Post date: Dec 28, 2015 4:00:02 PM

I love pictures. I always have because I remember best when I have a mental picture in my mind. That picture serves as a road map of sorts, and whenever I want to call on it, I summon it up, just like that. When I think about the arm swing and the contact, I think about pictures like these posted below. Now, I know that these are some of the best players in the world, but if we're going to form a mental picture of something done well, then who better to imagine than an Olympian!

Here are some things I love best in these shots:

  • Love, love, love the full extension in the arm at contact. See how the elbow straightens at the peak of the swing - this is what reaching looks like
  • Open the Door - nothing illustrates this better than the perfect "bow and arrow" arm swing with the elbow cocked all the way back, ready to fire
  • Slam the Door - bring that arm all the way through the ball with as much speed as you can and finish with a nice snap of the wrist on contact

So take some pictures of yourself, and make some comparisons. Model your technique after the world's best and you'll be picture perfect in no time!