Forehand Side By Side Analysis and Comparison | Forehand Technical Analysis
Forehand Analysis: Side by side video analysis comparison
In this short video we will take a look at the technical and biomechanical differences between Djokovic’s and Tsitsipas’s topspin forehand. We will be using state-of-the-art software to analyze this slow motion clip the most important aspects of the tennis forehand technique.
What we will be looking at?
We will be mostly looking at the main differences between the two players and what makes their forehand technique world-class. The video will pause at key moments and to outline main differences in their technique, upper body position, wrist position and wrist lag, racket angle at contact, swing path, racket head speed and more. By having a side by side comparison of the two players you can see how each player has unique modern forehand characteristics that allows them to be extremely efficient. You will notice how the racket preparation differs, and in particular how the racket face and wrist position is pointing in different directions during the take back. No matter how different the preparation is, a professional player will most likely have a perfect vertical racket position at contact (depending on ball height, court position) even under pressure situations and time pressure and will strive to meet the ball in front of the body for maximum efficiency and level of power. The racket lag is similar in both players allowing them to store elastic energy in the forearm and to imprint the extreme spin at ball impact that is required in today’s professional performance level. You can also notice the initial upper body rotation (unit turn) being very similar in both players
It is interesting to note the differences that can be identified between two world-class players. Yet, in the final analysis, all players are different, and what is effective at one end of the court may not be effective at the other end. Are there differences between two players with different technical and physical attributes? Of course there are differences. The key factor I would like to point out is that each player has spent endless hours practicing and perfecting their forehand shot. The difference between recreational tennis players and advanced players or professional players, is the fact that they not only spend more time practicing their shots, but they dedicate targeted training off the court in order to perform the forehand swing in an efficient and safe way without risking any injuries that can compromise their tennis. From racket velocity to ball impact and correct grip, what matters are that the foundational key biomechanical aspects are present from the beginning of your development and that will allow you to grow in time. Some elements outlined in this video are difficult for recreational players to put in practice simply because of physical ability and technical mastery. A key aspect that every player has to pay attention to is to make sure you have the correct forehand grip that is also based on your game style and your future playing potential. A correct grip will also make a difference in your racket angle at contact point as well as influence what your ideal striking zone will be. If you have extreme grips this in time might limit your potential development. A Semi-Western grip or an Eastern grip is preferred as they are the most versatile ones and still allow the player to generate heavy topspin and hit forehand winners. A Continental Forehand grip will have important limitations in being able to hit a variety of forehands especially being able to counter an oncoming ball that is extremely spiny and that is out of the strike zone. While I encourage the use of a continental grip in your game style
A good way to start working on your shot is to do a forehand video analysis and to understand what can be improved and tweaked, sometimes without making major changes in grips but just by adjusting minor flaws in the sequencing (order in which different muscle groups intervene).
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