Discover the influence of laterality in tennis
We are right or left handed. But laterality does not only affect the hand. It also relates to other parts of the body like the eye, pelvis, leg, foot, etc.
A survey in 1997 of 665 average, semi-professional and professional players, showed the influence of the lateralisation of certain segments in the development and effectiveness of tennis action: among the reasons explaining the strengths and weaknesses of a player, there is laterality.

Well managed, your laterality can give you strong hits.

Mismanaged, your laterality can give you weak hits.

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The foot

The foot laterality is important for the stance to be anchored and for the transfer of body weight forward. Taking account of this allows, if necessary, the strengthening of the non-lateralised foot which, like the hand, benefits from the influence of specific learning to develop more powerful hits.

The leg

The "dynamic" leg, that is to say, a leg which rises first in the scissor jump, plays a significant role in some shots such as backhands and serves.

The pelvis

Given the important role of the pelvis in tennis, including its rotational movements, it is useful to know its laterality and find out which way he turns most easily. This setting will prove very relevant to the analysis of your action, especially if it is associated with the laterality of your hand and that of your directing eye.

The eye

We do not aim indifferently with our right eye or with our left eye, but with the same eye, right or left. The laterality of the eye is a particularly useful parameter to consider. Associated with the laterality of the hand, it can in some cases represent a natural advantage, a forehand shot or a strong smash for example. But it can also be difficult to manage and then give weak shots, such as forehands or serves. Hence the importance of knowing your eye laterality order to properly negotiate it.

The hand

What is taken into account in our study is the hand holding the racket, which we call the conductive hand. The association of the laterality of the hand with that of the eye or pelvis gives you valuable information to better enhance your strengths and correct your weaknesses.
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