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Miller Forehand

John Yandell

Miller's forehand, based on the model I was teaching in 1980s and 1990s.

This month we look at Miller's forehand. But this article is about more than helping her improve it technically. It's about how my own teaching has evolved over about 3 decades—basically a revisioning of the classical forehand model.

So how did we improve Miller's forehand and how did that relate to the evolution of my teaching model?

In the late 1980s, Miller played on championship teams I coached at University High School in San Francisco. Tennis wasn't her main sport. She was a varsity soccer player and a varsity swimmer.

But Miller was a good athlete and played enough tennis to make the number one doubles spot. With a couple of exceptions over the years, our teams never had highly ranked tournament players. Our strength was our depth—the lower 2 or 3 singles spots and especially our doubles.

Part of the reason for that strength is that almost all our players—even if they never played a tournament--trained with me in the off season and/or the summer at my tennis school—Miller included. She was a great, dedicated student!

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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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