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Your Forehand
and the Modern Forehand:

John Yandell

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What are the secrets to great preparation and why is it so misundertood?

Over the past 4 years we've used the high speed footage from Advanced Tennis to explore the modern forehand in pro tennis in virtually every aspect. Currently there are over a dozen detailed articles in the Advanced Tennis section on the modern forehand. These cover the commonalities and the differences among the top pro players. (Click Here.)

Last month we started a new series called "Your Forehand and the Modern Forehand." The idea is to apply everything we've learned to your game and see what pro elements are universal and which are a function of primarily of level of play.

Although some readers have occasionally mistaken my intent, in my previous articles I never said that every player should hit the forehand like Roddick, or Nadal, or Federer--not in all respects anyway. I stated repeatedly that my was just to try to understand the pro forehand, a challenging goal to say the least. But now it's time to get specific and see what pro elements you can incorporate to take your game to the next level. In the first article, we started with an analysis of Grip and Contact Height. (Click Here.)

This month we'll continue with Part 2 "Preparation." It's a subject that is widely misunderstood. I think this article is the best analysis of forehand preparation that I've done or seen on the site, or honestly, anywhere else.

So see what you think and let's know by posting a comment in the Forum!

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others. In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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