USPTA Elite Tennis Professional David F. Berens gives his thoughts on the Heavy Trainer
“Well worth having one in your bag”
I used the Heavy Trainer in a few swings before my lesson and could definitely tell that I was a little looser and felt that it had increased my range of motion. I felt more flexible. I could also see that making several swings with the gave me a rhythm… I was able to develop what felt like a much smoother swing with just a few repetitions.
Another aspect that I hadn’t considered occurred when I put the Heavy Trainer on a student’s racquet and had her swing through her forehand, her backhand and her serve. She reported that she could tell at once that she wasn’t following through as much without the trainer on her racquet. (ie. she felt that she would swing through the ball better after having felt that feedback.) She said she really liked it and could see the value of having one in her tennis bag to warm up before matches.
Every time I watch baseball, I see the pros in the on-deck circle using a doughnut. My plan is to continue to use the Heavy Trainer with different students and see what benefits they feel from using it. My instinct tells me that the muscle memory benefit, the stretching/warming up benefit and the rhythm it produces in your swing is well worth having one in your bag.
David F. Berens
USPTA Elite Tennis Professional