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Roger Federer's main weapon from the baseline - The Forehand
The forehand stroke is supposed to be the main weapon in your tennis matches and yet you may struggle to hit it with power - let alone with effortless power...
Surely you've seen the pros dominate their opponents mostly with their forehands once the rally gets going and it's the forehand shot that usually ends up as a winner.
Maybe you've taken lessons on the forehand – both on court and through online lessons – but you know something is still not right.
No matter how much effort you put into the shot, the ball is still not getting the penetration you need, not to mention that you're making tons of unforced errors.
You know you're now muscling the ball – which you've heard you shouldn't do – but you can't find another way to hit your forehand with power and good consistency.
There is a method of unlocking the body's power that works very fast. Most players that I have worked with have hit effortless forehands after a single lesson.
A central topic that emerges when attempting to develop more powerful strokes at the competitive level is the field of biomechanics.
If you've seen the pros throw medicine balls or use rubber bands in their training, you've watched them train based on biomechanical principles.
You may think that this type of advanced training is applicable just to pro tennis, but that's not the case.
Engaging and moving your body based on the biomechanical principles can develop the most fundamental and efficient movements you need to hit or move more effortlessly.
Hey, Tomaz here...
If you've seen me play in one of my videos you've probably noticed that I hit my forehands quite effortlessly.
The forehand has always been my better shot. While I can't say that my backhand is poor, it's not really the shot with which I can dominate.
But with the forehand I can very quickly apply pressure to my opponent and easily finish points from the midcourt.
What that means is that I know what I am doing.
I know how to hit effortless forehands and I know what I do inside my body to generate this power.
And I'd like to share this knowledge with you.
I've learned the methods of teaching tennis technique both with the ITF European system and the PTR American system. I have attended countless seminars and conferences in the last 20 years, constantly upgrading my knowledge.
An example of how pros use biomechanics based exercises
Here's a short excerpt from Wikipedia on biomechanics in sports:
“Biomechanics in sports can be stated as the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill and/or technique. Proper understanding of biomechanics relating to sports skill has the greatest implications on: sport's performance, rehabilitation and injury prevention, along with sport mastery.” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomechanics
Examples of biomechanics exercises which help players feel much better which body part to engage and how
If we teach our body to move biomechanically optimally – that is, moving the bones, joints, and muscles in the best way possible based on how our body is designed – we will achieve the best possible performance, prevent injury and, in time, develop sports mastery.
Building on the knowledge of mechanics I gained while earning my Engineering degree (which I completed before starting to coach full time), I found it much easier to understand the biomechanical principles.
I have isolated the most effective biomechanical exercises from the vast collection of drills I learned in my 20-year journey as a tennis coach. I have applied them to all levels of players that I've worked with – from high-level competitive juniors like the Singapore National Junior team that I coached, to recreational tennis players and beginners
And the results were always very quick and very effective.
The biomechanical exercises instantly give the player the feel of how to engage the hips, for example, or how to incorporate more shoulder rotation in their forehands. Once the player feels directly in their body how to engage it, there is no more confusion. They finally know on a deeper level how power is created in the body and channeled to the forehand (or any other stroke).
As an example of how this process works, let me introduce Allan. I had the privilege of working and sharing ideas with him for a few days.
Allan learned the classical forehand a long time ago. He is now also a tennis coach and was chosen as the Midwest Division High School Coach of the Year.
Instead of messing with his technique and making him think a lot, I used one of the key biomechanical exercises to unlock his hips while letting him use his classic forehand technique.
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As you can see, Allan was able to feel how the power comes from the hips. He quickly found a much more effortless way of hitting his forehands even though we never changed his "technique".
And that's the most important and beneficial side of biomechanical exercises: they will improve your forehand stroke regardless of your current technique!
In fact, I work mostly on biomechanics exercises with players first and pay much less attention to technique. Power comes from engaging the right body parts in the correct sequence and not from little details of whether you should finish your forehand above or below your shoulder.
Once the player feels effortless power surging through their body, they will stop tensing up and trying to muscle the ball and will consequently relax more.
And as they relax, their external technique will usually start to take new shape.
I've worked with Luis on three major biomechanical exercises and NOT on technique. Yet, after only 1 hour, his technique started to look different.
So, the external changes you see – for example, a different follow-through – are not what I told him to do. These changes happened as a consequence of Luis engaging his legs, hips and shoulders differently.
To teach Luis how to engage his legs, hips and shoulders correctly, I did not tell him what to do. Rather, I showed him how to do it through specific drills based on biomechanics.
Keep in mind that the changes you see are a result of only 1 hour of work and only 3 different exercises that we repeated often as we worked on his forehand stroke!
Imagine how Luis' forehand would look and feel if he had the time to go through all the drills and spend a few more days with me!
I could show you more examples, but by now you're probably wondering: how does one improve so quickly, and what additional ways are there to develop a powerful and consistent forehand? I am glad you asked. ;)
You'll learn how and in what sequence you need to engage major muscle groups to create an efficient forehand stroke. The most important benefit of the biomechanical drills is that they will quickly teach you how to hit with more power regardless of your current technique!
How to best use gravity to help you accelerate the racket and relieve your arm of work;
How to loosen up your wrist and develop modern racket lag technique with just one simple drill performed on a bench;
The most overlooked body part by most coaches when it comes to generating power in your forehand and how to engage it for maximum effect;
How exactly the shoulder axis needs to work to help you accelerate the racket effortlessly;
And much more (approx. 80 minutes of instruction.)
The technique section will help you fine-tune your forehand by guiding you through multiple key checkpoints of a fundamental forehand stroke. This will improve your consistency and accuracy, making it easier to time tough incoming balls.
Why it's not enough to be in a ready position; you also need to be in a ready state. Learn how to achieve it.
Why the "Unit turn" doesn't necessarily allow you to prepare in the fastest way and what to focus on instead;
How to synchronize your hips and your arm in order to generate maximum acceleration of the racket;
The ideal swing path you should implement and how you can work on that in every tennis session;
How to improve the accuracy of your forehand with a combination of mental and physical action;
And much more (approx. 80 minutes of instruction)
Learn how to hit your forehands effortlessly from any stance and how to get into that stance quickly and efficiently.
Why you need to focus much more on the axis of rotation than the weight transfer if you want to have power and control at the same time;
Why hitting in neutral stance often results in a loss of balance and therefore loss of control and how to correct that;
A simple drill that teaches you the fundamental open stance forehand and how to maximize the power it gives you;
Why so many players struggle with the open stance forehand when moving to the side and how to master it;
Why hitting in closed stance is not a problem if you know how to make the best of it;
How to practice and master the basic footwork patterns when moving different distances to the ball;
And much more (approx. 90 minutes of instruction.)
You have a 60-day full money back guarantee, no questions asked.
Use the full Effortless Forehand video course for 8 weeks. If you don’t significantly improve the power and consistency of your forehand, I will refund your payment immediately.
Put the video course to the test and see how it works for you. With the full money back guarantee, there’s no way you can lose.
P.S. If you really want to transform your forehand from a weakness into your weapon, then give this unique course a try. I guarantee you that you’ll learn things about the forehand you’ve never encountered before which will give you completely new insights into how the forehand works.
Great course, Tomaz! There are so many courses and choices out there but your way of teaching the forehand gives us a much better understanding of technique.
The Effortless Forehand course is easy to understand, logical and a real help for all levels of players.
Personally it has helped my game a lot.
My forehand improved a lot, though it was not so bad before.
I like the step by step approach; I finally understand a lot more about what to do!
I know that many people have not so clear ideas about what is really going on in a forehand stroke, or they try to imitate what they believe the Pros are doing (for example what the take back is concerned); the way Tomaz teaches is a great way for us "mortal amateurs".
Thanks to the feel based exercises in the Effortless Forehand course I don't need to think anymore about my technique - which means I can just focus on the tactics of play.
This changed my game more in 4 weeks than my last 15 years of playing tennis.
The Effortless Forehand video course can be used by beginners, too, except that I recommend they skip the Biomechanics section and start working on the Technique and Footwork modules. Once the player becomes more consistent in playing forehands in easy conditions, they can start studying the biomechanics section. Advanced players, on the other hand, should first start with the Biomechanics module as it will improve their forehand very quickly.
It depends on your current skill level and the amount of practice you put in. If you practice at least twice a week for at least 20 minutes then you should see constant progress with your forehand. Most intermediate and advanced tennis players improve a lot in just a single hour as you have seen from the testimonial videos above.
You have permanent access to the course that never expires. Not only that, but you can also download the videos to your PC, tablet or smartphone and watch them without the need for internet connection.
This video course works for every type of player because it teaches your body how to work more efficiently regardless of your current technique. Better forehand technique allows you to hit faster and with more control but any forehand will benefit from biomechanics drills.
If you work on all the exercises presented in the Effortless Forehand video course and you don’t see significant progress in your forehand, then simply request a refund, no questions asked.
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