How to Play Tennis Like a Pro

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Play tennis the way your body was meant to.

Here at Lock and Roll Tennis, we believe in using the natural rotation of one’s body to deliver strong, powerful hits (the “Lock and Roll” movement). We’ll help you learn how to play tennis like a pro, effortlessly – whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player.

  • Detailed step-by-step tutorials on killer tennis strokes
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  • Tips on everything from fundamentals to tricks
Get exclusive access to 170+ premium videos on all strokes, footwork, technique, strategy, and more if you become a Premium member. Learn more about Lock and Roll Tennis Premium membership.

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“This is the best website for tennis I’ve found! I’m very pleased with the Premium website. The different angles and slow motion in your tennis videos makes them clear and easy to follow. This is the biggest change for me since I changed from neutral stance to open stance.”
Pontus Lauri, Premium member
Sweden
“The step-by-step tutorials allow you to improve your skills dramatically. Excellent angles. Easy to understand explanations. Up to date information. New online tennis videos regularly issued. Awesome slow motion. Thanks to Tae’s brilliant “lock and roll” concept, I have more speed, strength, and confidence.”
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Barcelona, Spain


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84 Responses to “How to Play Tennis Like a Pro”

  1. I ran into one of your videos in youtube and glad I did. I then decided to type in your url, and I am glad to say this is my go to site for tennis reference. You did a great job explaining and showing everything. I plan to send you a video for evaluation. Thank you for making this site. Informational, and professional, with a hint of comedy (saw the tricks video).

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    Tim Reply:

    Spot on summary

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    laradmin Reply:

    So glad you found this website! I really appreciate your comment. Please send your video and get the word out! Thanks

    Tae (lockandrolltennis)

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  2. Great website, simple design, easy to find everything. I absolutely love the example of using a monkey drum as an analogy to tennis strokes. I only started playing two years ago when I was 15 but I have worked hard and I am trying to improve to a point where I can compete in tournaments and I will be referencing your technique videos along the way. Hopefully at some point I will get the chance to film my strokes to post for analysis. Thank you for providing all of these great lessons!

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    laradmin Reply:

    Awesome! Good to hear that the monkey drum concept works for you! Please do send your video. Thanks
    Tae (lockandrolltennis)

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  3. I like your videos: )

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thank You!

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  4. Your lesson programs are great!
    They are easily understood and educational.

    Did you shoot these videos in Hawaii? Which tennis club?

    I used to play in Oahu Club in Hawaii Kai when I was young.

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thanks! I shot these videos in Irvine, California.

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  5. Love your videos on Utube..the lock and roll concept has even helped my golf game !!

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thanks! Interesting you say that because when I realized golf has very similar movements, my golf game improved as well! =)

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  6. I’m from Treviso, Italy and i love your videos and your lesson programs!
    Everyday i watch your video and i take your tips for improve my tennis!
    Great website, if i coming to California…sure that i go to Irvine for a contact!
    (the same if you coming in Italy…)
    Thanks
    Anthony

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Please do contact me when ever you are in California! I would love to visit Treviso, Italy. Let me know if you can host me, my wife and baby. We’ll go there in trade for some lessons. =)

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  7. hey,
    first of all this is a great site. you have covered all the shots and footwork in detail with good explanation. pictures themselves cover the basics very well and I would like to thank you for all these. However, It would be great if you could bring in strategy tactics along with the shots. I believe shots alone, without tactics make tennis incomplete. I hope to see atleast few basic strategies discussed. Thanks once again.

    Regards
    Manas

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  8. YOU ARE AMAZING!

    YOUR EXPLANATIONS ARE VERY CLEAR AND YOUR DEMOSTRATIONS ARE VERY “CLEAN” (NO PERSONALIZATION) .

    FROM ITALY
    RICCARDO

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thanks for your compliment! Please let others know about this site!

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  9. Good Free Tennis lesson online
    My daughter watched your video and right away use it to teach her Dad. She is only 8, her dream to be world No1. She is familiar with all the terms you used and technicly are very good. We live in Australia and haven’t find a coach as good as your video. If you come to Australia we would like to host your family in trade with your lessons.

    Regards
    A tennis parent

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Awesome! Your daughter is 8 years old and she understands all this?! The dad must be lucky to have a daughter as a coach! =)

    We would love to visit Australia! Which city do you live in? Probably have to wait a little because my baby boy is 3 months old. Lets keep in touch!

    Tae

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  10. please the Lock and roll tennis newsletter
    thank you

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Working on it. Appreciate your patience. Thanks!

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  11. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thanks! I will be sending out a newsletter very soon.

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  12. Superb job! Thanks for sharing!

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    It’s my pleasure! Thanks for checking out the site!

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  13. Hi, Great educational videos, I watch and subscribed them on you tube. Are you giving lessons at Irvine, I am at north county of San Diego and would like to take your lessons.

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  14. Hi Tae,
    I have been following you videos for the last couple days and I am so glad that I have found you. Thanks so much for the afford that you put in.
    As you mention that you’d recorded those videos in Irvine, Ca. I am currently living in Westminster, CA. which is not too far away from you. Do you teach group lessons? We have a group of friends whose playing tennis 3 times a week but honestly we are sucks.
    If it is possible that you can send me schedule of those classes or how much it would cost for those lessons. Your reply would be very appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Hoang

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    I’ve sent you a message. Keep playing!!

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  15. Do you have an estimated time when your premium site will be online?

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    Thanks for your interest! The estimated time that I will launch the premium site will be in early to mid December. I’m shooting totally new videos with much greater details. The audio and visual quality will be a lot better and the site will be very easy to navigate almost like Youtube. I’m really looking forward to launchin the premium site! Thanks again.

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  16. Thank you for the videos. It helps a lot. I am just a recreational player who has never played on a team, has taken some lessons, but love the game. I realize that you mentioned that you will do a video analysis of my strokes. However, I live very close to in Fullerton. I don’t know if you would be willing to do an analysis live as long as I make a trip down to Irvine. I wouldn’t mind, I just want to get better. Thanks.

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  17. Excellent website. I love it when a coach can practice what he preaches and you deliver all the goods.

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  18. I watched and watched and watched , repeatedly your videos and I find them correct in every possible way ! I study tennis (books , video analysis , bio mechanic approaches ) for the last 4 years and have been playing the game for more than 20 years. You pack enormous information in very little space !
    You do what you teach and this matters a lot. there are things you could mention on your explanations (closing the racket face on the forehand backswing or opening the racket face on the backhand slice follow through or keeping your head calm on all strokes , or breathing out on all strokes) , but if someone watches you closely gets all the answers.
    Thank you for such a great website and hope that more people would benefit from you as I did !
    Wish you all the best !!!

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    Kent Reply:

    @Charles

    Indeed, I had a lot of “a ha” moments after watching these videos. Better than a lot of instructional clips out there on the tubes.

    Thank you Tae and cannot wait for more to come from you.

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  19. Hi Tae. I’ve a question . In your video, you show how the body can move like a monkey drum, with both arms totally relaxed starting from the shoulder joint. At second 2:14 you show how to hit a forehand with the same monkey drum movement but, you don’t relax all hitting arm, only the wrist. Why ? Is it right ?
    I think it’s really important to understand what joint we have to relax.. becouse
    the arm behavior is totally different depending on it.
    Sure the wrist must be loose to release energy… but shoulder ? elbow ?
    What Do we have to do with that joints ?
    Thank you.
    Ciao
    Alberto
    Italy

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  20. I love this approach! You explain the techniques so well, in a unique and easy-to-grasp approach. Looking forward to the premium content!

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  21. nice post, very ueful information

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  22. You are a very good, clear teacher. Your intelligence and respect for your audience is reflected in how smart and to the point your instructional videos are. I just signed up and will be suggesting your site to half a dozen people. Thank you.

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Thank you and thank you for your post and support to the Premium Site!
    You left me speechless when I read your post. You have made my day! The fact that you feel respected from watching the videos reaffirms my teaching. Thank you for spreading the word!

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  23. Awesome video. Seriously. I watch tennis lessons on YouTube almost every night. This is some of the best explained, easiest to follow coaching on how to hit a big groundy. You have a gift for distilling down a complex concept and motion into very simple and reduced functions…Lock and Roll…;-)…I’ll look into more of your stuff tomorrow. Just had to comment tonight,,,GREAT stuff. I’ll be back.

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Lot’s been going on! I noticed this comment today!

    Thank you for such generous words!

    Lock and Roll !!!

    Tae Byon

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  24. pleasesign me up for your newsletter I kept getting errors on the page, thanks.

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  25. HI ,

    Your videos are really good, help me a lot to improve my shots, and help my little son too! I will be sharing this information with my friends since they are looking for something easy to understand to improve their game. thanks!

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Thank you for spreading the word about Lock and Roll Tennis!

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  26. Hello,

    I have just paid for the 3 month access to your Premium Site, bu there is no instruction what to do next. I cannot access the videos. Could you advise ? thanks

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Thank you very much for signing up for the Premium Site! Sometimes the registration email goes to the “spam” section. I will send you another registration email shortly. Thanks again!

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    Michael Reply:

    Yes, it was sitting in spam indeed. I have sent you an email with another question. Thanks for help.

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  27. Hello. I want to tell you how much I liked watching your videos, and how much I learned from them that’s been so helpful. I live in Los Angeles, so if you ever give a clinic in this area (I live in the San Fernando Valley) would you please let me know? I’d like to attend.

    Thank you,
    Nick

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Sorry for such a late response! I’m happy to hear you like my videos! I’ll definitely let you know if I give a clinic in LA.

    Thanks,

    Tae Byon

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  28. Hello Tea,

    This site is fantastic- I`m putting most of the stuff into my play almost daily. I have a question – could you make an instuction movie in premium section on how to tackle `sitter` balls that are close to the net (i.e. mid-court or closer) ? Partcularly how to position your racket head in forehand. These in theory should give you an advantage, but they are quite difficult to tackle – in my case I hit them into the net or out of the court…

    Thanks in advance.

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the compliment! I already have the forehand sitter shot in the Premium. It’s called, “Advanced Forehand Sitter Shot.” It’s similar to a regular FH. You still need to get under the ball, make contact with the ball while your racquet face is square to the net and then follow trough. It varies a little depending on how high or low the shot is, or how much power or spin you want to add on the shot. But most IMPORTANTLY, it’s about hitting the ball with the forward momentum of your body. Often times players run up to the ball, stop and then swing their hitting arm which makes them lose control. Let the power come from the forward momentum and not just your arm. Hope this helps!

    Tae

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  29. Thaks for clarifying ! I`m actually using your “Adv. Sitter FH Shot” footwork and preparation – it was just about getting the right contact position for max spin in order to give the ball maximum chance to clear the net and then not to overshoot the other side of the court (that`s what`s giving me bit of a problem still).

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  30. Hi Tae Byon . thank a lot for your site, you are the best i ever seen! come on
    good luck and good health!
    bach duong
    praha-czech rp

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Wow! Thanks for the compliment! I need good health with my second baby on the way!

    Tae Byon

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  31. I like your instruction very much. It has greatly improved my forehand! Thanks a lot.

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    That’s what I want to hear!

    Lock and Roll !!!

    Tae Byon

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  32. cannot wait to play keep up the good work what an amazing way to teach

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Thanks! I ‘m glad you like my teaching style!

    Tae Byon

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  33. dear Tae Byon Have a nice day.
    i am sory for pressing wrong in unsubscribe last time from your site! so now i can not to received your letters more!i would like to receive more informations again.hope you understand me.good health with your family.
    thank a lot for your reply soon!
    best regards
    Bachduong

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    You can Subscribe again. It’s not a problem.

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  34. Wow! At last I got a webpage from where I be capable of truly get useful information regarding my study and knowledge.

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Thanks for your comment!

    Is that your name? What country are you from?

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  35. Hi, I really enjoy your site and it is very helpful. I’m just wondering how do I add more topspin to my forehand? With hip rotation and all that. Is it on the premium site?

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Hi Kevin,

    There are several videos that explains how to hit topspin forehands in the Premium Site. There is a topspin drill video for beginner/intermediate. How to hit topspin going from classic to modern forehand which is more for an intermediate level. Also, I have Roll VS. Topspin which is one of my favorite videos, explaining how Roger Federer hits Topspin. This video is for the advanced. There are almost 150 videos on the Premium Site. I’m sure you’ll love it. Thanks!

    Tae

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  36. Hi Kevin,
    great pics and videos of strokes! have been playing for 25years in austria, coaching and competing as well and I really must say you definitely showing what modern tennis is about – I love it.

    question:
    footwork and tactics/strategy is something I could not find…is this something you are planning to give a statement or even some videos as well ?
    would be fantastic to see what you think about it, especially because you were competing a lot and not many literature gives info about these important aspects of tennis.

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    alex Reply:

    sorry for what ever reason I wrote Kevin..
    I hope you forgive me, Tae !
    thanks
    alex

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  37. Great vids man!

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  38. Hi,I watched some videos on Youtube. Your videos are entirely useful for beginners.Keep going! support you!
    Huh,I have a problem wanna ask if you may help that my friend told me the concept of forehand hitting the ball is needed to brush by the racket. However, this way makes me difficulty.How can I tackle it?
    Thanks at all !

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  39. Hey there,
    Great analogy with the monkey drum, I can’t wait to try it tomorrow on the court. Also, I like the way the racket swings across the body in a natural way, rather than the old school technique my coach has been advocating (and I have been ignoring so far ;) Rock on from Italia!

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    Hope your hitting session went well with the lock and roll technique. Feel free to post your experience here! Thanks for checking this site out.

    -Tae

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  40. I finally master my hip to take control of my shots and see a significant improvement.

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  41. Hi Tae,
    congrat’s on the site. you have fantastic strokes and teaching ability.
    I have been hitting with a western grip for 27 years and hit it pretty well but it lacks some consistency. (I’m a 4.5 league singles player, 40 years old.) As you know, this grip can be limiting at times especially with low or high out side balls. I have the same problem with the back hand as I use an extreme grip there as well (it’s the same grip as my forehand just with the wrist rolled over if that helps)
    any way, I’ve been thinking about changing grips for years now (to something more like yours) but always seem to have a league season, tournament etc. stopping me from experimenting.
    Do you recommend grip change this late in my “career” or is it going to cause more problems than it fixes?
    Thanks again for all the great vid’s.
    Jon

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  42. have a nice Tae ! all most your drills are fine and correctly,I like it even more explainning in the tips !
    I would like to know how to contact point when you approacshot shot forehand and backhand. with flat ( virtical) racket or close raket ? thank you so much for your reply soon!
    best regards
    bachduong

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    At contact point the racquet should be vertical.

    Thanks for your post!

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  43. Hi Tae!! I’m Korean like you are. In Korea, there are very limited opportunities that I can actually learn “modern tennis.” Although Korean tennis has also changed a lot, still have classic style of tennis like closed stance and estern grip. Therefore, I had to find by myself a “Secret” that all the tennis pros have in some ways and your videos helped me so much to make a concept. Nevertheless, I still have many difficulties to follow your instructions. when I do a hip rotation, my rocket effortlessly goes forward, but it has too much wobbles and it is very difficult to find a contact point. My Korean coach advised me to smoothly move my arm to contact point and accelerate it, but when I saw your videos, the racket accelerates powerfully and effortlessly from the takeback by hip rotation. Can you advise my problems??

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    Tae Byon Reply:

    It’s difficult for me advise on your forehand until I’m able to see. I don’t want to give you wrong information. Thanks!

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  44. Tae,
    Thanks for the great website and videos. I have learned a lot.
    I am a beginner and my question is this: in your premium membership do you take a systematic approach to developing the whole game, or do you only have very focused videos on specific shots and leave it up to the student to put it all together? I need more help than just how to swing I’m afraid!
    Thanks,
    Charles

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