Understanding Professional
Forehands: Part 2

Dr. Brian Gordon

In my previous article (Four Pillars of the ATP Type III Forehand) I presented a "best practice" guide for hitting a forehand based on my research and work on the court. (Click Here.) In the first article of this two-part series for the September issue, I covered concepts not addressed in that presentation. Specifically, I discussed the backswing and the implication of a bent elbow in the forward swing. (Click Here.)

The Four Pillars article, combined with the concepts from Part 1 of this article, should provide a mechanical framework to better understand many forehand options. So now let's see how these concepts apply to a number of forehands on both professional tours. I break them down into 4 categories:

Forehand Categories

  1. The ATP Type III Forehand
  2. The ATP Classical Forehand
  3. The ATP Modern Forehand
  4. The WTA Type II Forehand

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Dr. Brian Gordon has changed the understanding of the biomechanics of high level tennis technique. His Biomechanically Engineered Stroke Technique (BEST) is the only empirically based stroke mechanics system in the world, growing from three decades of both academic and applied on court research. He is a founder of the Tennis Center for Performance Research in Miami, Florida, which is creating a new paradigm for player development. The center has assembled an unprecedented group of specialists with cutting edge knowledge across the entire range of tennis performance.

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