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Anthony Forehand

John Yandell

At 10 years old something close to the so-called Type 1 pro forehand.

I got an email from Anthony's dad Alex about Anthony's forehand. A coach he was working with wanted to reconstruct his forehand to a more classical model. So I asked Alex the dad to send me some high speed iphone video.

When I looked I was amazed. Anthony is 10, and here he was with most of the elements of Brian Gordon's mythical Type 1 pro forehand. Click Here.)

He had a semi-western grip, but not super extreme. Like many top players, he pointed the racket tip at the opponent at the start of the backswing.

The backswing then stayed compact, totally on the hitting side, the racket flipped and then Anthony went into what looked like a completely straight arm forehand. He had amazing forward extension on the swing and a full wiper.

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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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