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C6L1 Tension on Forehands

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All right lets start with the forehand, how you pop the forehand. You know what I mean by that popping sound these guys get. You do by a tighter coil. The first thing you want to do when you are watching my boy Sam here is set your hips and the racket. They sort of triangulate if you notice the racket head is still just about at the baseline but his hips are completely turned. You want to keep pressing the head of the racket forward creating more tension throughout your whole body. This creates the torque you need to get started so you are spring loaded. They talk about racket head speed but you can't get it through your will power. You have to get this infinite speed that only comes through this tight tight coil. Every player does it, see how the head of the racket is forward and the left hand is still on the head, the hips are almost all the way turned back. He is more like Federer, Murray you see his hips are back now they are coming forward as his arm starts to go back his hips are actually coming the other way. You create a deep tension by keeping your hand on the racket head longer, keeping the racket head tilted towards the baseline. Federer is my poster boy when it comes to the coil. His is the most effortless and purest. Which is way he is still withstanding the test of time. Watch Roger here he makes his move, look his hand is still on the racket. He is already running and he is keeping that hand on the racket. His hips are completely as turned as far back in the stroke as they are going to. Now as his arm catches up look at his hips, you see that his arm starts to catch up and his hips are already back at the 45 degree angle. Its the way the racket is dragged back and through, the only way to do that is by keeping the head forward longer. Here is my boy Warren, look at this beautiful coil very similar to Roger and he rises straight up with that and then his hips come through so the tension he builds right from the beginning is key to the tension that comes out at the ball contact. Here is Steve Forman, he is known for having an incredible forehand. So watch this, same thing in slow motion you can see the left hand stays on the racket keeping his balance. He counter balances the hips which move first. Every great player does it see here, see that racket head its tilted forward. Almost a little crook in his wrist almost. His hips are all the way back in the stroke now they slide forward as his racket starts to come back. Its this tension thats built from the beginning and then kept throughout the stroke that really creates this infinite racket head speed or this pop when making contact with the ball. You can see right there is the transition. His arm goes from concave to convex and as his arm catches up see even in slow motion it moves so quickly. Infinite speed and there is his racket head following the sign curve. You know all about. So its that pop right there at the 45 degree angle and the way to get that is by leaving your hand on it longer. Leave your left hand on the racket longer. Every great player Djokovic once again I don't think is quite as pretty as Roger but look at this first move. He tucks into his coil, he lines up the 45, see that he is really lined up like an archer. Now in slow motion watch this see his hand just starts to come off as his left hip starts to come into play here. See his hips have already turned back now they are coming forward and he lets go with his hand so his left hand matches up with his left hip. See that as they are coming the left hand spreads eagle there, see it spreads out. His hips are completely around and it snaps that racket head catching up with the hips into play. You will see here, look at that left hand holding him at the 45. So the shoulders are very still opposed to common thinking see that the shoulders stay in the stroke, the hips are further. Now with infinite speed the racket head catches up to the hips and the shoulders surpass the hips. Everyone does it. Every great player, here is Steve Johnson I wouldn't say he has quite the stroke Federer does but look how he tucks into his coil. See that left hand is still pressing on the racket head and that tip of the racket head is still forward. Now the hips are back, now they come forward and through that tension he created from the beginning he pops the forehand. Here is what happens when you don't have the proper tension or the proper coil. This some college kid I picked up, good player but see how his left hand is apart. Whats thats going to do is misrepresent the left side of the stroke. See thats coming forward he is just stepping in like a classic linear minded player now he's open. He is way too far open because he didn't build the tension to begin with and now here he has to meat hook his arm. Look at this see this meat hook he's got coming around because there is really no stroke. There is no place for him to follow through there is no place for him to finish. He doesn't have that spring loaded tension that the great players have. Watch Roger again, see the the lower body is set already but he keeps his left hand on the racket head, head tilted forward creates tension. The hips start to slide through here but he has all that tension built up from tugging that racket head and leaving the head forward but tugging with his hips. All that tension creates a very dynamic hit and a big pop upon contact. Give that a shot.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 18 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Jack Broudy
Views: 112
Posted by: jackbroudy on Jan 18, 2014

Tighten the coil instead of lengthening the stroke, for power.

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