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Features — November 15, 2014

See this week's free newsletter, "Vic Braden and the Beginner's Mind." See all the benefits of TennisOne.

Roger Federer and the Contact

Roger Federer is perhaps the smoothest most graceful player of all time. His play seems at times almost effortless and no one stays focused on the contact longer than the Fed. But why he does this may surprise you. A lot of experts think he keeps his head still in order to watch the ball hit the strings, but the speed at which the contact takes place renders that impossible. In this video, Christophe Delavaut shows you the real reason Federer does this and how you can incorporate it into your own game.


Jimmy Connors, when asked how he could stay focused when he was so far behind in a match, famously answered, "The ball doesn't know the score." Tennis is a game of constant pressure — pressure from your opponent to be sure, but there is also the pressure we put on ourselves in critical situations. And it's how we handle this pressure that truly separates the top players from the rest of the field. In this video, Jim McLennan talks about mindfulness — the art of blocking out all distractions and staying in the present.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Fabio Fognini's Serve

Fabio Fognini is a 27 year-old player out of Sanremo, Italy. He has won three career titles and has amassed almost five million dollars in prize money. Fognini reached a career high ranking of number 13 in March of this year. He is currently ranked 20 in the world. Fognini is predominantly a counter puncher, but he has the ability to turn defense into offense, especially on clay, which is his best surface. His movement is extremely fluid, almost nonchalant, in fact his play appears casual and effortless. Fognini's best stroke is his forehand, which he likes to set up in combination with a wide serve but he's not afraid to take his backhand down-the-line particularly in key moments/points during a match.

TennisOne Newsletter: Vic Braden and the Beginner's Mind

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Weight Shift, Part 1: Leveling and Straightening

In this video, Doug King explains the role of the larger muscle groups in generating powerful strokes by creating counter movement to the arm. It is the weight shift that is engine that creates power and speed in the arm but this is not just a forward transfer of weight, it is more of a tilting and twisting movement. To illustrate this shift, King examines the strokes of Grigor Dimitrov, one of the young rising stars of the game.

The Triangle Theory

Jack SockWhat does a triangle placed on the court have to do with playing winning tennis? Surprisingly enough, it could be the key to taking control of matches at all levels of play. Coach Tom Downs show you how a player could dictate points if he consistently hit the first two shots outside the triangle. Doing that, would spread the court, forcing opponents to do all the running and, by the third or fourth ball of the point, the would then get an opportunity ball to attack

TennisOne Classic: Federer and Clijsters — The Backhand

In honor of the passing of Vic Braden, tennis instruction pioneer, legendary coach, and TennisOne contributor, we offer this classic lesson from a few years ago on two of the best backhands in the game. Vic punctured so many myths tennis. He was a perfect example of what true masters call a beginner's mind.  The expert mind knows—or thinks it knows.  And we all tend to think we're experts. We all talk too much and listen too little.  Vic Braden started from the position of not knowing…but wanting to find out. So he kept studying and investigating the sport and science of tennis his whole life. He will be missed.

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