Two-handed backhand pendulum This “pendulum” movement starts when the player tilts the head of the racket downwards (DEPARTURE) to obtain distention of the arm (left for Djokovic and right for Nadal). After this (FIRST MOVEMENT), the hands make a motion very similar to a pendulum passing as they pass hip-height.
First Movement Of The Forehand In modern tennis, the movement of the non-dominant arm during the execution of the forehand has become an essential part of the shot’s execution. After analyzing about 16 000 tennis players (of all levels and playstyles) in 16 years, I’ve concluded that more than 70% of players incorrectly use their non-dominant arm during the first movement of the forehand.
This causes a chain of errors that can drastically affect the efficacy of the stroke. Through video analysis, we can visualize key points of the shot that remain basically the same for all players regardless of their style of play.
This can be used as a sort of touchtone for all players. To better illustrate this concept, today we will analyze two keys points of the forehand for three different players (Murray, Nadal, Djokovic). As we shall see, even though we are looking at three different players with wildly different styles , the key points remain the same.
The goal is to create more energy and control with decontraction. * It is important to keep the non-dominant arm (left arm for a right-hander) stretched out reaching “towards” the ball. So, as the dominant arm reaches backwards to prepare for the ball, the non-dominant arm is pointing in the exact opposite direction.
** As the motion to strike continues, you can see that the non-dominant arm remains steady for the majority of the stroke. This helps maintain balance as the torso unfolds to hit the shot.