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Drew Forehand

John Yandell

Drew's forehand when he came to my court. Not enough left arm stretch, body turn or extension.

I have worked with players at all levels, including many, many recreational players. But I always enjoy getting the chance to work with high level juniors and college players. (Click Here to read about my work with Ingrid Neel, then one of the top college players in the country.)

So I was excited when my old friend Barry Gilbert (yes brother of Brad) came to California to see his parents and brought his sons, Drew and Gavin, to my court to do high speed video analysis. Drew is 15 and going into high school and Gavin is 10.

Both are accomplished players, but we decided to look first at their forehands, then their serves. More on Gavin in a future article, but here I want to focus on Drew who made an amazing jump in a couple of hours and actually added 10mph to his forehand speed off the racket.

The Myth of the Tennis Tip

If you are familiar with most lessons they are a combination of verbal tips and ball feeding. “Good! Good! Better!" But is that “better" actually true? Sadly in the majority of the lessons I've observed over the years, the answer is usually no.

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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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