New Method: Forehand:
Torso Rotation

John Yandell

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More and more the modern pro game is played in the air and that’s especially true on the forehand where top players now routinely make contact with both feet elevated off the court. A corresponding element is massively increased body rotation in the forward swing. Many forehands finish with the back shoulder facing the opponent.

Is this same rotation a technical element that the average player—or even a high level NTRP player--should try to develop? Should players try to consciously initiate the forward swing by "firing" the hips to start this magic power source?

Good questions!

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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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