A New Teaching System:
One Handed Backhand Preparation

John Yandell


Everyone believes that preparation is the foundation of all tennis strokes. But what is that? Conventional teaching belief is that it means getting your racket back early. False but also true. In this article I look at what really happens. Getting your racket back does not involve independent arm motion. It's an automatic function of preparation with the body.

The initial body or unit turn is with the feet and the torso. The racket moves as a function of this. The body turn then continues seamlessly to the set up with characteristic checkpoints. See what these checkpoints really are and create world class preparation for yourself on your one-hander.

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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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