I hadn’t seen myself play tennis on video for years. And like most advanced players, I thought my strokes were pretty good.
After all, I’d competed for years at the highest level in my age group, been ranked both provincially and nationally. And been a finalist twice in doubles at the Provincial championships.
But then Glen took some quick video footage of my forehand. When I saw his analysis later, I was shocked! I had a MUCH bigger forehand swing shape than I thought, and took the racquet much too far back, crossing the plane of my body. It was just too big a swing. No wonder the very best players I competed against would focus on my forehand. It would eventually break down late in a match when I got tired and I’d swing late and hit balls wide.
As much of a shock as it was to see the flaw, the solution was shockingly simple, too: the unit turn.
After studying super slow motion video of the top pros, I could see that I only had to make one ridiculously simple change. Keep my free hand (my left hand) on the throat of the racquet longer.
This automatically swiveled my shoulders “as a unit.” It automatically positioned my hitting arm elbow in the right spot. And it automatically reduced the size of my swing shape into a much more compact loop.
My new swing felt as natural and comfortable as it did before.
But even more important, I now had a much more compact loop. Much closer to the path of the ball at the point of contact. So it takes much less time and energy (that’s good on hard courts). Plus, I’m able to generate just much – or even more topspin – than before.
The change was instant. It worked immediately on the court. And it continues to get better and better.
Video tennis analysis continues to amaze us and the players we show it to. And the great thing is, you don’t need a ton of equipment or technical knowledge to do it. If you’re interested in finding out out more, check out Video Tennis.