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Tennis FOOTWORK | The Forehand PIVOT (Slow Motion Tutorial)

hey I’m Dayday and this is Daytri. We’re from RacquetFlex.com and today we’re gonna be going over the ground
stroke footwork pattern of the pivot we’re going to be comparing the 1 foot
and 2 foot pivot so so what is a pivot a pivot is rotating on a central axis so
this is your central axis your center of ways here you’re pivoting okay and in
the pivot forward pattern usually what you want to do is to try and get your
feet pointing in the direction of the ball to force rotational power into your
ground stroke so the pivot shot is used in neutral situations and the reason for
that is because you want to always maximize power you know obviously if
you’re hitting ground strip ground strokes and the pivot what the pivot
shot does is it maximizes rotational power while minimizing the time it takes
to prepare and recover from the shop because let’s say you were hitting a
spin move right if you were trying to hit a high spin then you would actually
be hitting the shot then it would take longer to recover as supposed to when
you were hitting a back foot pivot and all you have to do is rotate hit the
shot and you’re already in a recovery position for now first we’re going to be
comparing the two foot pivot so you hit two foot pivot when the ball
is low and because you’re not straining your legs you’re hitting yet on upon a
one foot pivot or on any shock you’re usually trying to maximize ground force
reaction right so you’d be straightening your legs while your uncoiling but this
shot is different because you’re actually trying to maximize rotational
force instead of leg drive yeah to substitute for the lack of you know leg
drive because in this shot usually you won’t be able to hit the ball from a
straight in position you’re trying to be hit the ball and stay low yeah and to
max so so we got that to maximize the rotational power you want to rotate from
this side to all the way to this side and to do that you need to be in an open
stance so basically the shots usually hit from an open stance it’s not hit
from a semi open stance or because when you’re in a semi open stance the
non-dominant leg is actually blocking off your ability to rotate all the way
so if you’re hitting if you’re hitting from a no semi open stance what you’ll
see is usually what the players will do is take their non-dominant leg back on
an honest spin on on the one foot pivot right Oh to clarify let’s go over what
you do exactly step by step in the two foot pivot so first obviously again
we’re starting in an open stance so once you start an open stance your shoulders
and your hips are most likely going to be facing the side parallel to the
sidelines right and then once you do that you want to start to rotate and
uncoil you’re not going to be straightening like you would on a one
foot pivot you would actually be starting to rotate the hips and the
shoulders then once you make contact and follow through you’re going to be
pivoting your foot to the other side either to the net to the net or to the
other side depending on what what does this pace of the ball the depth of the
ball you know this the what where how high it’s coming how much all of these
factors are going to determine how much you want to turn and when how fast you
want to recover is probably the most common shot that
you’ll see on the ATP side and the reason behind that is because you don’t
need a lot of effort to put behind the shot obviously a jump shot is going to
recover require much more effort that’s why there’s much more power but in that
this is the best shot is because you can sustain your energy much longer because
you won’t be having to jump constantly you can just straighten right and
that’ll be enough force to to be sufficient enough to stay in the rally
you won’t be put in a defensive position and and then we have to remember we’re
in a neutral position so neutral position means the ball is actually
coming at us pretty hard and we’re not moving right we’re in this sort of
position so we don’t want to hit too hard that’s that’s just gonna make an
error usually exactly so let’s talk about what you do in the 1 foot pivot so
you can’t start in an open stance just like the 2 foot pivot but you almost you
want to start in a semi open stance about 45 degrees from the baseline
two-thirds of your weight on the back foot just like this now because because
you’re in this stance you actually have available rotation available about 20 to
30 degrees you can rotate which causes more external oblique stretch now that
in turn you can be it you will be able to turn in with more force in your upper
body as opposed to the two foot pivot where you’re rotating your entire body
as a core you will be able to turn more of your upper body compared to your
lower body which will give you more you know stretch and able to uncoil right so
like I said start in the semi open stance your hips are faced in the
direction and your chest is going to be facing parallel to the side fence again
so as you uncoil and straighten you’re going to want to lift your back leg up
and point it in the direction of the ball now what that does is basically it
helps you gauge the direction of the ball and help your upper body start to
turn towards the ball now a pointer for this is you want to try and keep your
back foot stable and on the ground all of your weight
will now be on your back leg because your other leg will be raised in the air
naturally there will be a tendency for your leg to kind of bend slightly about
45 degrees you could do that other players prefer not to do that for
various reasons but for this case we’re going to be bending the key points are
for power is to maximize leg drive exactly you’ll see you know the best
four handers using like their cows everything exactly and then you’ll see
maximum core rotation yeah so once you once you straight in your back foots off
the ground your foots pointing in the direction of the ball right then you hit
the ball you make contact then afterwards during the photo you’ll
want to pivot the back foot so that you you can finish rotating again at the net
or on the other side of the fence and because because you’re actually you’re
so you start here you’re uncoiling with a lot of force
right exactly that’s going to cause you to naturally pivot so you don’t want to
hit and then like just do this right be a natural thing just like when you hit
the forehand shot this is going to be a natural reaction to the force that
you’re exactly in the uncoil now the best thing about this shot is
the fact that once you reel and you will be ready into a recovery position you
will want to once your back foot lands you will be your weight will be on the
back foot which will allow you to return to your original position your next shot
yeah hey guys if you like the video please share and subscribe we’ll be
posting a lot more videos in the future and if you have any objection if we
missed anything please leave it in the comments below we’re always looking to
grow ourselves and improve our own game now go out and train hard see you in the
next video peace

David Frank



  1. Simple Tennis Instructions Posted on May 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Really good explanation of the pivot! Great job guys! I have subscribed to your channel. Any advice on rotation and setup for 1 hand backhand?

  2. Nexplus Edinburgh Posted on May 24, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Great video! Quick question, Federer has an amazing forehand, he rotates just his body, but keeping his head still?

  3. Jack Quinn Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    RacquetFlex, you come across as relaxed dudes who also happen to put up and forth some really dope shit here. 😀 Thank you.

  4. gzgaochao Posted on May 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    hi, thanks for the video. but after watching it through, I am still confused about when to use two foot pivot and when to use one foot pivot. could you elaborate more on that?

    thanks again.

  5. alberto velazquez Posted on May 28, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    What happens with high balls? All this examples are for low balls

  6. George Oberlander Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Very useful video, guys. I don't see much on this topic on YouTube. I would recommend, though, that you rehearse (and edit) your presentation so that when the 2nd speaker interjects it more smoothly advances the instruction. A good guide is the site TopTennis Training, where Simon and Alex do a smooth interleaving of comments.

  7. Anthony MG Posted on May 29, 2018 at 4:55 am

    You guys mean business. Nice technique, good explanations, awesome video.

  8. Paul S Posted on June 10, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Great video. Thanks a lot, guys. Is there a two handed backhand pivot?

  9. K C Posted on June 29, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Mad respect, yo 4 dropin' dat knowledge. I was stone cold groovin wit how dis witness clued me in laying brothers to da bone on da green mat wit them fuzzy yellows…y'all dig?

  10. Chuck T. Posted on July 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Lots of good info here, but No, you don't always want to maximize these things (several things you say where you say this).

  11. K S Posted on July 20, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Guys, that's some quality video here!

  12. Sam Abdou Posted on July 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    To my observation playing & watching lots of tennis the 2-foot pivot is used a lot by WTA players.

  13. Tim Nguyen Posted on July 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    It would be helpful to see a full two pivot shot and full one pivot shot in a rally. And also professional examples of each shot? Maybe this is an earlier video cuz your other videos do this.

  14. andy iswandy Posted on July 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Two guy..is clever

  15. Lester Basilio Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    NICE JOB!!

  16. Mark J Posted on July 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Tried this out today with success! Felt like i had a bigger hitting window and could handle on the rise shots better.

    Before this i think i would hit my fh mostly off the front foot.
    Do you think you should alwayd hit the fh off the back foot (with the front coming off the ground) whenever you can? There were some situations where i was on the dead run and couldnt hit off only the back foot, nor lift my front foot up. What do you recommend in this situation?

    Great videos guys thanks

  17. George Papadapolis Posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    To much talking
    Better show it

  18. Bill Hopen Posted on August 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    really really great technical analysis of the physics of athletic movement you guys are great…thankyou

  19. The Man in the Motorcycle Mask Posted on August 29, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Love the video however its tough to follow when the examples are always shifting from lefty to righty. Would be easier if you just stuck to one hitting side. Keep up the good work though very helpful tips

  20. AnonymousYouzer Posted on September 9, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I'd love to see you guys play out a set, quality players!

  21. Crunch_tf Posted on September 9, 2018 at 3:31 am

    What fh grip do you guys hit with ?

  22. Endrit Muhadri Posted on September 10, 2018 at 9:44 am

    coaches on youtube who can actually play ,perfect forehand technique .Keep going and soon you will have a ton of subs..ps can you make a video about pronation on the groundstrokes ,what should you have on mind while unleashing the force you create into the shot so you can create a pronation to keep the ball to not fly away. Thanks.

  23. fretstain Posted on September 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    holy shit there's two of you

  24. Raj Sharma Posted on September 13, 2018 at 2:42 am

    U explen. How to do Nadal grip copy

  25. likeabbas Posted on September 13, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Thank you guys so much for your videos. Have one on a kick serve? I've got a decent kick, but I don't know how to put more speed on it while keeping heavy spin on it

  26. Mike Lam Posted on September 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    This is the best explanation of forehand technique i have seen from the web or anywhere else. amazing guys.

  27. TooleyPeter Posted on November 28, 2018 at 3:01 am

    RacketFlex will become one of the top tennis channels on YouTube. These guys are among the best coaches online.

  28. Will Keyes Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Pls tell people most of this happens naturally. If I saw this video when I first started learning tennis, I would never go near this sport. It sounds like physics on steroids. Great effort though.

  29. Common Dirtbagz Posted on March 4, 2019 at 2:55 am

    So is a natural jump better then forced leg drive, or should I use both? If I use both then when? I just don’t understand why you would force it, when forced actions are generally incorrect in most sports?

  30. John Elder Posted on March 26, 2019 at 3:49 am

    The two person presentation was confusing. The coach with the blue shirt should do the video by himself. The coach in white shirt is constantly interrupting and also contradicting coach in blue shirt. Again, get rid of coach in white shirt.

  31. GOAT Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    murray uses this alot

  32. Anthony Tanner Posted on March 28, 2019 at 6:17 am

    You guys are excellent!!!!!

  33. Caldwell Kelley Posted on April 21, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Great explanations about that modern stroke. Some of the best I've seen on the net! Thanks Guys!

  34. John S Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Can be simpler in all your videos ? Closet I have seen though, as an accurate explanation of tennis fundamentals just to much information.