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TennisOne's Stroke Secrets: Keys to Better Groundstrokes
By TennisOne's Top Writers
Here it is – the secrets to better groundstrokes from some of TennisOne's top writers! We've extracted, re-organized, and re-mastered many of the best TennisOne articles, videos, and newsletters on groundstrokes over the past four years.
We've packed 4.5 hours of stunningly crisp video instruction (typically 4-5 DVDs) into this 2 DVD set you'll want to keep in your tennis library for years to come. When you want a tune-up on your groundstrokes, you'll always have the best minds in the game ready at hand.
There are a total of 47 individual video lessons from three of TennisOne's world-class staff:
- Jim McLennan, TennisOne Editor
- Doug King, TennisOne Senior Writer
- Ken DeHart, TennisOne Associate Editor and Master PTR Pro
The topics in this 2-DVD set include:
- Quicktips: Grips & Swing Path
- Quicktips: Using the Body
- Quicktips: Tactics & Strategies
- Balance & Posture
- Rotational Drive
- Stop the Chop
- Orientation & Swing Path
- Compact Swing
- Controlled Power
- Effortless Swing
Here is a brief description of all 47 video lessons:
Quicktips - Grips & Swing Path
- Choking Up. Jim McLennan shows you what you can learn about your stroking technique by choking up on the handle.
- Circular Swing. Jim McLennan describes the up, back, down, and through of a swing and how this circular swing can deliver the power and timing you want.
- Finish Your Stroke like a Pro. Ken DeHart describes three advantages of finishing your stroke like a pro does.
- Hitting when Ball Is Behind You. Jim McLennan shows you the grip and swing path for hitting the ball when it gets behind you.
- Edges. Jim McLennan talks about swinging outside in or outside in, and when to do each. 0:53 min
- The Fling. Jim McLennan talks about accelerating the racquet and extending the follow-through like Federer does in certain moments.
- Position Hand and Wrist. Jim McLennan talks about "locking the wrist" using natural positioning and use the natural strength of the hand and wrist.
Quicktips - Using the Body
- Unit Body Turn. Ken DeHart describes the proper execution of the unit turn.
- Balance. Jim McLennan reveals what he learned from legendary Tom Stow and how to incorporate these techniques into your game.
- Corkscrewing. Jim McLennan shows you how to use your legs to drive and up and out motion on groundstrokes.
- Knee Bend. Jim McLennan describes and shows the nuances of knee bend, how it helps deliver rotational power and racquet head speed.
- On Balance. Jim McLennan discusses the fine points of the split-step and how to retain one's balance and options for movement.
- Knee Bend. Jim McLennan discusses how power is generated from the knees "firing" before racquet comes through the contact zone.
Quicktips - Tactics & Strategies
- Yellow in, Yellow Out. Ken DeHart describes what you can really see when stroking a ball.
- When the Ball is Right at You. Jim McLennan shows you how to use your backhand when you're crowded.
- Borrowing Pace. Jim McLennan shows you how to use the pace of the opponent's shot to your advantage.
- Clues. Jim Mclennan discusses the rare art of gathering information about the opponent on the other side of the court.
- Three Types of Shot. Ken DeHart discusses the three basic types of groundstrokes, aggressive, neutral and defensive and when to employ them.
- Underspin. Ken DeHart discusses all the uses of this varied weapon.
- Drop Hit. Jim McLennan talks about practicing perfectly with a drop hit when ever you can.
- Dropping the Drop. Jim McLennan shows you how to reply to a drop shot by hitting another drop shot.
- Measure Once. Jim McLennan discusses why it's critical to measure once when you're about to hit that groundstroke.
- Over-Hitting. Jim McLennan discusses how to build your game by over-hitting, so you can learn from magnifying the flaws in your stroke.
- Passing Shots. Jim Mclennan discusses how different kinds of passing shots are employed depending on where you are on the court.
- Sound of the Hit. Jim McLennan talks about the importance of listening to the sound of your strokes. You'll hear the mis-hits and start to sense what you're doing wrong.
- Spin. Jim McLennan discusses how "spin is the name of the game" in the modern game and how to incorporate all spins into your game.
- Waiting for the Ball. Jim McLennan talks about critical issue of waiting for the ball and not giving away your shot too soon.
Balance and Posture
- Balance and Posture. Jim McLennan talks about what is one the least understood elements of the game and what you can do to improve your balance.
Rotation and Drive
- Rotation and Drive. Doug King discusses how stroking feels much like a cyclist changing gears.
Stop the Chop
- Stop the Chop. Doug King discusses getting better control on the underspin shots.
Orientation & Swing Path
- Doug King demonstrates the correct orientation to the ball, including body and racquet swing path. To elevate your game, you'll need to change your orientation to a more angled orientation to the ball.
- Doug King describes how to make your stroke more compact yet producing great power.
- Doug King provides an in-depth examination of how to produce controlled power.
- Keeping Things in Hand. Doug King discusses how to develop feel in the hands, and how to avoid the feeling of things "getting out of hand," or out of control.
- Stroke Construction. Doug King discusses how to "construct" a stroke using the models of the gears in a car and the gears on a bicycle.
- Racquet Head Speed. Doug King discusses how we need to overcome our inclination to swing the racquet too hard and how to achieve good form in stroking.
- Running Through Shot. Doug King discusses when it's appropriate to run-through our shots.
- Feel for the Game. Doug King discusses the rhythm of the game and learning a mental process that mirrors the physical process.
- Good Form. Doug King discusses how form is shape, and that there is certain shape of the stroke, which holds the energy of the stroke.
- Taking Ball on the Rise. Jim McLennan shows you how to execute this very difficult and not-often practiced technique.
- Managing Contact. Doug King discusses the most important element of the stroke--the contact of the ball. There are different aspects of contact beyond a few key positions, including aspects of catch and throw into every contact.
- Passive Acceleration. Doug King discusses different types of racquet acceleration, including forceful and passive acceleration.
- Racquet Control. Doug King discusses how to achieve better racquet control through focusing on feel of the racquet in the hand.
- Secrets of Contact. Doug King discusses two key positions, one that adds power, and one that allows you to guide the ball.
- The Effortless Swing -Part 1: Catching. Doug King discusses there are many elements of catching in creating an effortless swing.
- The Effortless Swing -Part 2: Weightlessness. Doug King shows you how to make the turn of the body and the turn of the hand build an effortless swing, when done properly.
- The Effortless Swing- Part 3: The Wave. Doug King shows you how the wave is a good model for building an effortless swing. He looks at the role of the arms and hands in this process.