Section 05 – The Forehand Unit Turn Practice Methods

unit_turn

The importance of a proper unit turn cannot be understated. Many people do not treat it as a separate component to the actual swing. Because of this I feel it is important to stress this when doing initial training. The first few practice methods do not involve swinging forward at all. Even when the forehand swing is used I want a few second pause after the unit turn and before the swing starts. These are several training methods that work well in helping players master the unit turn. Also remember to do the ready position correctly too. As we add more things to practice you want to make sure the other elements are still being done correctly as well. Do not be too concerned if, as you add more elements, some of the early ones start to go bad, it happens to everyone. When this happens take a step back and repractice those earlier elements. If you do not go back and practice them you could potentially pick up some bad habits which can affect the whole later parts of the swing. Plus, the sooner you readdress those problems the less likely they will become bad habits and be harder to fix.

Practice Tip #1 – In The Home

Stand in front of a mirror and hold the ready position. Now slowly start turning making sure the racquet does not move up or down. Make sure the top hand is staying on the racquet at the start of the unit turn. After the unit turn is complete, check to make sure the key points are all done.

Practice Tip # 2 – On The Court – Static

Stand on the baseline and get into a ready position. Do a proper unit turn and hold it for a few seconds. Repeat this 25 times. Next, have someone take a picture of you from the front and the side and compare to the unit turn position in this course. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 1 and practice. Then repeat tip #2 until you are doing all the key points correctly.

Practice Tip #3 – On The Court – Static (no ball)

Stand on the baseline and get into a ready position. Do a proper unit turn and have someone film you from the front and the side. Play back the video and compare it to the unit turn position in this course. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 1 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly.

Practice Tip #4 – On The Court – Static (no ball)

Starting from a stationary position hold the proper ready position for a few seconds then do a proper unit turn and shadow swing a forehand. Return to the proper ready position and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this 25 times. Now film your self doing this same drill and compare to the key points of the unit turn. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 2 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly.

Practice Tip #5 – On The Court – Static (with ball)

Starting from a stationary position hold the proper ready position for a few seconds then slowly do a unit turn, hold for a few seconds and then have someone toss you a ball to hit. Do the swing and then return to the proper ready position and hold it for a few seconds. Repeat this drill 25 times. Now film your self doing this same drill and compare to the key points of the unit turn. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 4 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly

Practice Tip #6 – Dynamic (no ball)

Stand in the middle of the baseline in a ready position. Do a proper unit turn and hold for a couple of seconds. Then turn and run to the sideline that would require you to hit a forehand. Shadow swing a forehand then return to the middle of the court and return to a ready position. Repeat 25 times. Now film your self doing this same drill and compare to the key points of the unit turn. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 5 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly

Practice Tip #7 – Dynamic (with ball)

Stand in the middle of the baseline in a ready position. Do a unit turn and then have someone throw you a ball near the sideline that would require you to hit a forehand. Run and hit the ball then return to the middle of the court and get into a ready position and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this 25 times. Now film your self doing this same drill and compare to the key points of the unit turn. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 6 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly.

Practice Tip #8

Stand in the middle of the baseline in a ready position. Do a unit turn and then have someone throw you a ball near the sideline that would require you to hit a forehand. Run and hit the ball then return to the middle of the court and get into a ready position and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this 25 times. Now film your self doing this same drill and compare to the key points of the unit turn. If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 6 and practice. Then repeat this tip until you are doing all the key points correctly

Leave a Reply