Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pull Phase and the Inside Out Forehand

Take a look at the video lesson below that I did for a student. It deals with the Pull Phase of her forehand, specifically the direction of the pull.

In the lesson I'm encouraging her to pull the butt of the racquet in a line more parallel to the intended target line. You can see that she pulls the racquet in a line away from her body. This is a common pull direction and may explain why so many great players today prefer the inside out forehand and struggle with the forehand when they have to move to their left. A forehand struck on the move to a righties right means that the racquet will have to rotate a lot in order to hit the ball straight ahead or to the left. I wonder of this pull phase is responsible for the preference that modern players demonstrate for the inside out forehand.

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