Technical Flaws in Pro
Two Handers: Jack Sock

John Yandell

Jack Sock consistently moves into the alley to avoid hitting two-handers.

Earlier this year we took a look at the technical problems on the two-handers of two elite tour pros, John Isner (Click Here) and Milos Raonic (Click Here). Now let's move on to the ultimate analytic challenge: Jack Sock.

Sock will do just about anything to avoid hitting a two-handed backhand. He runs around into the alley or wider to hit inside forehands—even if this leaves his forehand side open.

Luckily for him his forehand is huge—with as much velocity and spin or more as any of the top players. So often it doesn't matter that the court is open, since he just hits an unreturnable forehand.

When he does actually hit a backhand the huge majority are slice. Watching an entire set of one of his matches, I saw him attempt only one two-handed drive, which he missed. The rest of the balls he hit on the backhand side were inside forehands and slices.

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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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