The Forehand: Technical Characteristics Part 1
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The Forehand:
Technical Characteristics Part 1

John Yandell

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In the Introduction to my New Teaching Method, (Click Here) I outlined the elements of an advanced, multi-dimensional methodology for helping players develop world class fundamentals, based on years of high speed video research and my work with players from tour to club level. In a second article I also addressed how to do your own high level high speed video analysis simply and cheaply. (Click Here.)

Now let's start the forehand series. The forehand may be the most complex and also misunderstood stroke in the pro game. What pro elements are really applicable to your game? The question presupposes that we understand the stroke! So in the next two articles let's outline exactly what happens when the best players in the world hit forehands—the commonalities and the variations. Then in the following articles we'll address step by step how it applies to you from grips to preparation to stances, swing patterns, arm and body rotations, hitting arm structures, recovery footwork—everything! We will see exactly what applies for players depending on level and how to incorporate thos elements and finally how to execute them using swing keys in match play that synthesize the physical and the mental games.

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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