A New Teaching Method: Forehand The Forward Swing
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A New Teaching Method
Forehand: The Forward Swing

John Yandell

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The forward swing is what determines everything about the shot. In the past articles we've set up the elements in the preparation—body turn, backswing, and stance.

Now let's take the swing outward and upward and across. It's a complex movement on a curve in three dimensions. But the checkpoints for the extension of the swing make the right curve natural and automatic. See how to move from the outside backswing, turbocharge your shoulder muscles, and hit with effortless power and spin on the basic forehand drive.

Special recognition to Brian Gordon and Rick Macci for their contribution in understanding the relationships between the world class elements in a great forehand for any level!

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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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