A New Teaching Method: Forehand: Preparation Part 1
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A New Teaching Method:
Forehand: Preparation Part 1

John Yandell

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"Get your racket back now!" You’ve heard it, maybe a thousand times. Maybe you actually achieved it but could you tell any difference in your forehand? Was it you? Nope, it was terrible advice. Along with some equally terrible ideas you may have heard.

It’s been 20 years now since we did the first high speed filming of professional tennis. That film showed some shocking things about how preparation really happened on world class forehands. At the time I thought these insights would transform teaching and raise the quality of forehands at all levels. All I can say is that what we learned is as true as ever and we’ve learned a lot more since. So why do the forehands of club players suck? Do you really care if you can develop the single most important world class technical element, easily, for yourself? You are a Tennisplayer subscriber so here it is, right here for you in this article!

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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