A New Teaching System:
One Handed Backhand Backswing(s)

John Yandell

Last month we looked at the core commonalities in preparation on the one-hander (Click Here). Now let's try to sort out another even more confusing issue. The backswings. The backswing can't be a true commonality because there are so many possible variations and sizes and shapes--as we see clearly in the pro game.

So what are the variations? And what is the final purpose? Let's take a look at the range of motions. What we see is that regardless of individual style, size and shape, they all do one thing in the end, deliver the hitting arm to a core position to start the forward swing.

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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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