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C3L6: Forehands on the Run101

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As the months go on we are going to be going more and more into the shots on the run. Because thats really where its at in tennis. I want to apply what we have learned in the first 3 months, the principles of the figure 8, the 45 and the sign curve to hitting on the run. As Warren runs see his hip rotation. Still that figure 8 he is looking at the 45, look at the coil in his right arm. Now as his hips start to pull through see he times it just as he gets to the ball his hips start to pull through the center and face the figure8. Watch there as the transition happens with the s curve, there is the transition of his entire arm. So he went from concave right there to convex and now his hips come around look at the left arm holding him at the 45, look at the right arm how it bends backwards slightly and the racket head lays into the ball. Then it just vanishes the finish. The finish once he gets out to the 45 in this convex manner the finish just vanishes. So it almost looks reckless at the finish and thats whats so beautiful about these players they look so natural and limber when they hit the ball. He starts in on his run his hips coil and look at that right arm nice and coiled now he starts to move in and you see he gets into a deep coil with the arm and as his hips start to pull around you will see his hand pushing through that sign curve. Towards the 45 degree angle, concave right here to convex there it is in one frame. So now he is convex coming at the ball because his hips have pulled his arm that way now there he is right at contact stretching out into the 45 degree angle. Look at the left hand holding him there, the hips are there everything is facing the 45. This time he comes through a little flatter, it doesn't matter if you are trying to get offensive on this running forehand or if you are hitting a defensive shot. I will show you here in a second. It's the same technique utilizing these same three principles. Figure 8 hip rotation, 45 degree angle and now this sign curve. Here goes Paul taking off on a run. Watch how his arms start to break away forming the coil. He is comfortably there so he didn't start his coil too early now as he makes contact look how the hips come in and once again his racket head lays back on the convex part of that sign curve and he finishes the stroke. One more here is Warren with a top spin this ball is a little further away so he is not going to be that aggressive on this shot. He is coiled, his hips are really turning now, right there but as he comes through with his hips right here. You see his hips are changing direction the racket goes convex because he is so late he is just going to go for a safe shot. So as he gets out to the 45 he lets his racket face just slide up even though its laid back he lets it slide up the 45 degree angle there. So he gets much more top spin. These three principles are really important if you are going to do your drills do them right. Just because you are doing fore hand or running fore hands doesn't mean you will become a great player its only as good as the stroke you use.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jack Broudy
Director: Jack Broudy
Views: 42
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 7, 2014

Use the geometry of the stroke for better rhythm and timing.

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