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The REVOLUTIONARY UNIT TURN and how it can improve your game exponentially!

Here are two very good links to videos by famed and highly respected tennis coach Rick Macci discussing the UNIT TURN. The unit turn is one of the major changes in the modern pro tennis game. You don't have to be a pro to understand it either. 

http://www.tennisresources.com/index.cfm?area=video_detail&rv=1...

http://uspta.com/html/RICKMACCI-MODERNFOREHAND-THEBACKSWING.html

 

The role of the non dominant arm is to ensure that shoulder rotation comes first as you are running or pivoting. Look at these pictures of Federer and Nadal loading their shoulders on their running forehands:

 

You've seen it a hundred times, Federer and Nadal having their non dominant hand on the throat of their racquets as they are running. Is it faster to run with the arms closer to the body rather than having the non dominant arm dangling? Federer and Nadal seem to think so. Go out on the court and try this out. Judge for yourself.

How important is it to turn the shoulders instantly or to use bad form and arm the ball instead? Use both shoulders and you will make your life much easier. You will find that you will have more force on your groundstrokes while being more compact. Plus, your takeback will be much more precise and neat, and you will be able to judge your racquet face angle and swing path angle better. 

 

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Comment by Tim Prapong on August 23, 2012 at 1:02pm

Yeah, Richard. I see how much care Rafa and Djoko put into the throat at the very beginning of the turn. That position is consistent on every single forehand they take, if possible. It determines the shape of their swingpath.

Comment by Richard Perkins on August 23, 2012 at 6:34am

Pivot turn works.  But every now and again I get lazy, so when I catch myself I give the throat a little push with my right hand (left-handed).  It helps me to get the racquet back earlier and back into the groove.

Comment by Tim Prapong on July 31, 2012 at 10:47pm

You will not see a thing. The head is just there like Coach V says, so the head does not pull the body from the ball. You will see the ball maybe a foot away, but then your eyes will not produce an image to the brain in that short time frame.

Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on July 31, 2012 at 9:08pm

I've been trying to look at the ball through the racket like roger, but i can't even see the ball. Maybe i'm not hitting it early enough.

you will not see a clear ball, what you are looking for is a Blur or shadow or a trace or after image. the other benefit will be better balance because the head is not pulling the body away from the ball. to see what im talking about stare into you computer monitor and quickly move your hand back & forth  in front of your eyes as you stare into the screen you will see the blur of a hand. 

Comment by Kyle McCain on July 31, 2012 at 3:31pm

I've been trying to look at the ball through the racket like roger, but i can't even see the ball. Maybe i'm not hitting it early enough.

Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on July 23, 2012 at 7:57pm

the old name is Pivot turn.

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