Unlocking The Hidden Power Of Your Body

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  • Tomaz

    Reply Reply August 20, 2023

    Just added a very comprehensive video of the first stage of the forehand I would like you to reach. This video includes multiple camera angles and key checkpoints to help you develop the biomechanical forehand as the foundation from which your forehand will evolve later.

  • Michael in the UK

    Reply Reply August 25, 2023

    This is terrific Tomaz thank you. Also thanks for your recent video shorts on how much to turn the shoulders on FH, and the one about the key to having a relaxed wrist on FH. The advice in those short clips is excellent…people could pay for several hours with a coach at many places and learn less than the advice in those clips!

  • Muhammad Hismanola

    Reply Reply November 7, 2023

    Hi Tomaz, the download link doesn’t seem to work. Could you please take a quick look on it ?

    • Tomaz

      Reply Reply November 7, 2023

      Fixed!

  • Clyde Passagne

    Reply Reply January 10, 2024

    Happy new year mate,

    Can you please let know the name of the video that you have created using parallel lines down the court using your foot? To demonstrate the linear part of the strike?

    Thanks

    • Tomaz

      Reply Reply January 10, 2024

      Likewise, Clyde!

      Can you tell me the exact time in the video where you see those lines?

      I have been using Cyberlink Powerdirector now for several years to edit my videos: https://www.cyberlink.com/index_en_US.html

      But actually any video editing software has simple lines and arrows to add to videos. A very good free program is Capcut – https://www.capcut.com/, it works on all devices.

  • Patrik Aleksandrow

    Reply Reply April 9, 2024

    Hello,

    I wonder if the speed of the stroke is important in terms of biomechanics. I noticed that students You teach, they strike the ball pretty slow and not hard.

    I tried to play some time on the wall and played very, very slow. I mean, my backswing was slow and my accelaration and hitting the ball was also very slow. After some repetitions, i noticed that my arms became very connected with the upper body. At the begining of the session i needed to remember that body goes first and then arms follow but later, after this slow process of hitting the ball i felt as a big one unit rotating and swinging. I didnt have to remember anymore that body goes first and i felt amazing control and feel of the ball.

    Is it something important (slow pace) to teach at the begining or even if i would play faster and harder, my arms eventually would “connect” with rest of the body but it would take much longer?

    • Tomaz

      Reply Reply April 10, 2024

      So let me start here: the usual problem of every tennis player is that they use their arm too much and not the body enough.

      When you hit fast, you tense up the arm even more than usual because you don’t know how to use the body yet.

      So at first the ONLY WAY to relax the arm is to play SLOW!

      Once the arm relaxes more and your focus is on the body, you will be able to engage the body well (rotation) and feel that the arm follows along.

      As soon as you attempt to hit hard / fast, you will engage the arm too much (since you don’t know how to hit fast with a relaxed arm yet!) and you will again revert to the usual way of using the arm too much.

      So yes, it is important to play at around 50% of the usual power so that the arm starts to relax and that you feel body rotation leading and arm coming along.

      Then you need to gradually over weeks and months start adding 5%-10% extra power and see if you can still maintain the same feeling of body initiating the stroke and the arm following.

      Now keep in the mind that arm is not just loosely flying around. The arm HAS TO ENGAGE to AIM and to control the racket face. But it engages AFTER the body does. It needs to be swung first and then you engage it as you aim and spin the ball.

      Here’s more on playing slow: https://www.feeltennis.net/playing-slow/

  • Patrik Aleksandrow

    Reply Reply April 10, 2024

    Amazing explanation, Tomaz. You can talk and explain tennis things with very understandable way. Thats a gift.

    Dont know how many times i already told this but… Thank you once again. 🙂

    • Tomaz

      Reply Reply April 11, 2024

      Very welcome!

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