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Features — March 22, 2015

Check out "5 Power Sources of the Forehand" TennisOne Newsletter.

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Progressions to a Potent Forehand

Most club players over complicate their strokes to the point that they have to keep adjusting, tinkering and changing them until they tie themselves up in knots so to speak. In comparison, skilled players demonstrate a degree of efficiency within the patterns of each stroke and a similarity in the foundation in nearly every stroke. In this article, Dave Smith breaks down the forehand so that players can start building a weapon that is as consistent as it is effective.

Getting In and Staying In the Zone

At least for a brief time, we've all experienced what it is like to be in the zone. No distractions, no extraneous thoughts, everything is in focus. No matter what your opponent hits at you, you always seem to have an answer. It's like having mind control. You think of what you want to do and you simply do it. Unfortunately, although most players can relate to this experience, it is not very easy to "Get In and Stay In the Zone." However, if you want to get there, it all boils down to three simple things. — Peter Portner

Learning Models: Pull/Push Versus Swing

In this TennisOne Classic, Doug King asserts that visual learning is the easiest and most comprehensive way to learn. It is a very logical first (and mercifully final) step: "watch me and copy." If after the "watch and copy" method the action is reproduced perfectly, there is no reason to add anything more, just practice. Further instruction may be totally unnecessary and even detrimental. But what about the instances when we don't learn visually?" Although visual learning provides the greatest input in our learning process, there are distinct limitations.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Shuai Peng

Two decades ago Monica Seles burst onto the WTA tour and proved that a women could play at the highest levels using two hands on both the forehand and backhand sides. Marion Bartoli reinforced that point when she won the championship at the All England Club using the same playing style. Now there is Shuai Peng who reached a career high ranking of World No. 1 in doubles on 17 February 2014,, and is currently ranked 21 in the world in singles also playing with two hands. But whereas,Seles used a conventional two-handed backhand grip on her left-handed forehand, Peng, like Bartoli uses the crossover grip on the forehand side.

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Posture and Stance on the Return of Serve

Want to be a better serve returner? In this video analysis Christophe Delavaut focuses in on two moves the big four in men's tennis make prior to returning serve that you can apply to your own game. And it all has to do with posture and stance. Like any other stroke, the return of serve is about gathering, storing, and releasing energy efficiently and there are no better roll models than these four top players.

How America Can Produce Tennis Champions Again

It's been quite a long drought for American Tennis, especially on the men's side. The decline has been debated with insight and passion for the past decade. USTA leaders, former and current world-class players, tournament directors, coaches, teaching pros, and the media have weighed in on what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong.. It’s too soon to panic, but the time is always right to reconsider past approaches and consider new ones. Paul Fein offers five proposals that may help America produce champions again.

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