You’ve surely heard of the term unit turn when teaching tennis players how to prepare and initiate their forehand or backhand stroke.

At first glance is may seem that executing the unit turn is a very simple thing to do and yet I see two major mistakes in my daily work with tennis players.

The first mistake is that you think that the “unit” that you need to turn is the whole of you from toes to the head.

If that’s how you imagine the unit you’ll surely start with the incorrect weight transfer.

And the second common mistake is that when your body turns to the side it also “pulls” your head to the side which also tends to tilt.

When your head and therefore your eyes are not both pointing at the ball you will lose the ability to judge depth well and that will result in poor timing and typically hitting the ball late.

So this week’s video article shows you how to do the basic unit turn correctly and what the head position of the pros looks like compared to a recreational tennis players.

The good news is that these two mistakes are quite easy to correct, you just need to be aware of the problem.


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  1. I was coached for about 5 years when I was a teenager. I was never told about the unit turn. Perhaps it’s common place now days, as that was 20 years ago, but seeing this video has changed my approach to my forehand.

    This streamlines my shot to something more controlled and compact. It reduces the amount of movement I put into my backswing, which felt seperate to the rest of my body. It creates a more narrow “track” for my arm to move through when executing the shot. It makes my forehand more like an uncoiling spring, than the long elongated sweeping motion I used to have. I didn’t realise how exaggerated my back swing was until I really appreciated what the unit turn meant.

    I understand this might be a very basic lesson, however it’s very helpful to create consistency for those of us struggling with our forehand. Thanks!

  2. Brilliant!! I always move back on both forehand and backhand. This helped a lot. Can't wait to try out this weekend. Also, I am sure I am turning my head as well. But I can correct that easily now that you pointed out since I am able to do it easily during my golf swing.. Great Stuff. Thank You Sir!

  3. 自分が打球時にボールを見失う原因が分かった。テイクバック時に顔を傾けず、かつ、前を向いて両眼でボールを見ることが3次元でのボールの位置を見失なわないコツだということが分かった。

  4. Seriously, you are the best instructor! So grateful for your channel. I’m a 4.0 club player who has tried everything to fix my FH. I miss-hit, no power, poor aim etc. I’m certain these tips will vastly improve that shot. Can’t wait to get on the ball machine!

  5. thank you TOMAS, you just fixed 2 of my big mistakes. I wasn't aware of it until I saw your video. I check it on my one vid That I made usually to see my way fo "Tennissing". und from now I will ajuste this issue. Thank you again.

  6. BRILLIANT. BRILLIANT. BRILLIANT. I've watched a dozen of his vids, and they are all stellar. Today as it began I thought to myself, "Whoa, bright orange t-shirt. That's …special. Well, 2 minutes later – voila! The reason for it. This man is a brilliant coach & teacher. (I was a pretty good teacher for 20 years and I recognize brilliance when I see it).

  7. Very interesting and thanks for it. One small remark: on the pictures of the pro's with backhands maybe remove Nadal 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for all these videos 😘

    I just started playing few months ago I'm 36y female, i played a tiny bit as a kid but i always loved this game, i discovered im actually good and now that i discovered your chanell i am exited to try everything im learning. So thanky you for that, and if you ever come to greece i would love to meet you for a quick lesson haha
    Again thank you very much.🎾👏

  9. Awesome observation bro.
    You have solved a lot of issues in this video. A very important aspect of tennis which generally people neglect.
    Hats off.

  10. This guy is terrific… his tips are fantastic but his videos are way, way too long. Start watching this one at 7:20 and you won't miss a thing.


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