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C3L1: Forehands

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All right so in the first month we talked about the 45 degree angle and then the figure 8. Now this month we are talking about this sign curve. The blue line that plays off the hips, it starts in a coil and as it travels out along the 45 it goes to convex sort of creating a bump. Thats actually how the ball is hit. As the arm goes from concave to convex it actually bumps the ball there. So lets take a look, here is a top college player Steve Forman. Long time student of mine you can see here in fast motion just a nice looking swing Steven has as big a forehand as as any one in the world. Lets take a look at it in slow motion. You can really see how he goes along this line. Now you see how he starts right there, you don't see much of it he's in a coil right there. See how his racket conforms to that line, now it comes in a little bit but watch how he slides his hips forward, he slides his left hip forward it pulls the arm. Look he is still in that coil, so you see he is still in that bottom part of that curve closest to the board. As he shifts his hips and comes his hand goes along that line, that wave, it goes from concave right there to convex and then he continues to pull with his hips. You can see his racket is lined up almost perfectly with the white arrow. See that, so he actually hits it with his racket head laid back. THis is the biggest problem with most tennis players, is as they make contact with the ball they want to sort of use their fingers and curve the racket head forward towards the ball but its the opposite. You want to lay the head back into the hit. Thats where all the power comes from you can see even there with his hand motion how his sort of drags like he is pulling it through water in a swimming pool right as he comes through his hand lays back into the hit. Once again if you have your visuals line them all up like this. You see the figure 8 matches up in the beginning with that white sign curve. Warren has a lot more top spin on his stroke and a looser stroke but you can see it with his stroke as well. He starts off in a coil very close to his body. As he pulls his hips through his racket extends in this round way and goes from concave to convex. Lets take a look at slow motion without an 8 board. Just a feeding drill, Paul Mayberry another great player, big figure 8 proponent. So his hips slide back, his arm follows that white sign curve all the way out to the hit. We will take a look in slow motion here. He gets his body lined up to the 45 degree angle. First thing he does is start to pull his hips around that black arrow up and around the corner. His arm is in coil here, see this nice coil in his arm. Now as he comes through with his hips, his hand comes flying towards that white arrow and he lays his racket head into the ball. So this really key so that you understand the idea that you go from concave right here concave the whole time, and then as your hips slide around through the center of the figure 8 and then around the corner your arm goes to convex as you stretch out into the 45 degree angle. Sort of with your racket head bending your arm backward. So you end up bumping the ball into the court. Lets go around one more time in slow motion here. I am going to stop action so you can see the racket head lay into the ball. So there is Paul he is coiled up into the hit, as his hips slide forward and around the corner he goes from concave to convex. Look there as he makes contact his racket head is still laid back like that white arrow. Then he follows through. Eventually that racket head comes around but not during the hit. It comes around naturally after the hit. So let your racket head lay into the ball. Lets take a look one more time here in slow motion at Warrens stroke. Is much different than the other two. He's much looser and whippier. Just a thinner body and a different type of stroke. You can see very obviously how he lays into the ball like that. Thats got to be one of misnomer's in tennis, getting that racket head through. That is a clique, sort of like racket back early that really really hurts the game. Doesn't help the players themselves. When you do come through, when a good player comes through on a hit his racket head lays into the ball. Just like that last bump closest to the white arrow. Thats where contact is made. As you merge with ball at the 45. Thats where you get your biggest hits, thats where you get your most top spin and most control. You've got to really learn how to use this sign curve and mimic this sign curve with your arm. You can see it every time with Warren he lays into that ball its very obvious. He has a whopping big hit and huge top spin, very heavy ball he hits. Maybe now you can take a look and see players, see how that he is somewhat convex. Same Warren, you can't tell when they are playing but if you stop action you can really see it. It looks loose and natural. The key is when he makes contact he lays the head back look at that. See how his hand is sort of laid back and his whole arm is concave backwards and his racket head is going out to the 45 degree angle but sort of in that curve. This will bring your forehand to the next level.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 38 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jack Broudy
Director: Jack Broudy
Views: 179
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 6, 2014

Geoemetry of the effortless forehand

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