An Interview With John Yandell
Part 2

Paul Fein

Should every player at every level hit the Nadal forehand?

Why has the forehand become one of the big debates in coaching today?

Because people like to talk about what the top pros do. If the top pros are doing something that seems different or new, the lemmings want to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak.

Some coaches are shameless enough to say, "I will teach you the secret of Nadal's forehand. And if you want to be a top player, you have to hit like Nadal."

I'm not going to mention any names, but I've seen coaches actually claim that they have players that they've trained in this method, but then you look at the video of them, it's not what Nadal is really doing. I know one pretty well-known coach who is touting this as the only way that everyone, men and women, should be taught, including senior players. That could be right, but I don't think so.

I believe the forehand has more variability than any other stroke in tennis.

Absolutely. For starters, you have six different grip structures. And that can be combined with two hitting arm structures. And that can be combined with four stances. And that can be combined with tremendous variability in hand-and-arm rotation and in body rotation.

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Fein is also a longtime member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, with an Elite rating. He's served as head pro at the Candlewood Racquet Club, an indoor-outdoor facility in Brookfield, Conn., coached the girls' tennis team at The MacDuffie School in Springfield, Massachusetts, and for the past 25 years, taught tennis to children and adults for the Chicopee, Massachusetts, public parks and recreation program. In 2003, he received the New England Professional Tennis Association (NEPTA) "Western Pro of the Year" award, and in 2014, its "Senior Player of the Year" award.

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