This video was made by Simon from Top Tennis Training and was produced in England. One of the things I like about Simon is his ability to reduce technical description into clear steps to follow. Also, as an accomplished player himself he offers a unique perspective.
In this video I personally have enjoyed practicing the relaxed racquet speed of the follow though. The lag and finish of the forehand are becoming keys creating more power and spin.
When I teach the forehand I emphasize the “power forehand ready position” and shoulder rotation as Simon does. From that base and understanding of foot work you can then work on the timing of the lag, hip rotation, contact point, release of hips, and finish.
Look at this amazing video!
Notice the compact nature of the swing and easy power Andrey achieves. The key components are keeping your non-dominant hand parallel to the base line creating a full shoulder rotation, and the “loose flexed wrist” at the top of the swing. This leads to great lag and snap of the ball. It’s fun to try! youtu.be/hgt1mU9J4w8
Here’s another video that again stresses how the strings face down during the preparation phase of the swing. youtube.com/shorts/GSU5pcXDopw?feature=share
This is a great compilation of two of the greatest one hand backhands in the world. To summarize the components:
1. Unit turn with the proper grip.
2. Keep your left elbow (righty’s) high and the racquet tip up
as if to balance a coin on the edge of the tip.
3. Drop down with left hand holding the throat til the racquet meet meets the left pocket area (right pocket lefty’s) then separate the hands at that point. The racquet keeps the same wrist angle throughout the swing.
4. When the separation occurs, the racquet is in a slightly closed position.
5. Swing inside out lifting the racquet up for maximum power.
This is the video link: youtu.be/9thZ6ayMNzI
There’s a few things noteworthy regarding their cooperative hitting session. The forehand swings generate power deep drives with tight spin on the ball. Carlos sometimes comes off the ball with a helicopter follow through. Both he and Andrey come off their forehands quick with fast racquet speed. Both players hit from a strong athletic base and their timing is clean and crispy. Both of their two-handed backhands are simple take backs with the racquet above the wrist and simple release through the ball. When going out to hit try to hit deep to your partner and you both will develop that fun rally timing. youtu.be/cOIrsc7xFf8
Thomas does a great job of showing how to adjust your racquet head to the ball, stance, and pulling across on the follow through. This is a pearl of wisdom among tennis videos. One thing that I’ve learned talking with my good friend Mark Gabriel (who also studies tennis videos is that just hitting hard doesn’t cut it when playing a singles match”. Jeff Salzenstein has a course on singles that talks about how important it is to keep the ball out of your opponents strike zone. Thomas from Top Tennis Training shows how to make this heavy topspin shot.
Enjoy it! youtu.be/nkUpjKTzYec
This video shows in great detail how to get the feel for a solid forehand volley with control. Notice that the volley is an outside to in shot with the elbow. The elbow starts away from body then closes in from right to to left for a right handed player. Jeremy’s forehand volley video is one of the most insightful revelations I’ve ever seen.
This is a great video of how to stay loose on the forehand, and that not everyone swings “like” Roger Federer. This video shows how to keep your eye on the ball and the order of the moving parts of the body for the forehand. The serve segment shows how to distribute weight shift and the proper use of leg drive.
The fluidity of the forehand volley is surprising. From the graphic video shown below I see total relaxation in the preparation of the volley where the racquet tip raises to the height of contact, then pushes to the ball as the “tip of the racquet naturally kicks back with lag.” This little movement creates amazing feel, relaxation and trust as the hand movement forward creates effortless power with little spin on the ball. Watching this video over and over will give you the feel of how the forehand volley is consistently placed well throughout a match. Enjoy it. This schematic was used by Vic Braden a great coach whom I had the pleasure to work for back in the 80’s when he brought his tennis camp to New Seabury on Cape Cod. When it rained we came to the club that I’m at now—The Falmouth Sports Center.
Roger has the ability to handle anything high or low, fast or slow, at the body, or wide, using a wide variety of shot selections based upon how much time he has to prepare for the return. Enjoy watching the magician at his craft. https://youtu.be/QU_MFbUAIik
These guys serve very consistently and locate serves to set up points. If I could only practice one shot this would be the one. Notice how compact their motions are for the loading phase.