Modern Tennis at its Best: The Lock & Roll
Modern Tennis isn’t as complicated as you may think. It’s as simple as playing tennis the way your body is meant to move. In classic or old-school style, players would hit the ball linearly, taking much time and effort without generating much power.
These days, due to new racquet technology, players can swing the racquets as if they’re extensions of their arms, allowing them to hit the balls at lightning speed. Players swing their racquets in a rotational path, allowing their body – especially their arms – to move faster. This is called the Lock and Roll movement, and it’s the best way to effectively yet effortlessly move your body to deliver powerful and fast shots.
Meet the Forehand
While all tennis strokes have evolved over time, the most transformed, controversial and widely discussed stroke in Modern Tennis is the Forehand. The forehand is the shot that catapults players into becoming number one in the world.
A Little Bit of History
In the mid-70’s, Bjorn Borg, a former #1 player in the world, popularized a new style of hitting during his era called, Topspin and Open-Stance Forehand. There have been players in the past who have used the Topspin shot during their games to mix things up every once in a while. However, Borg used the Topspin shot on the Forehand and Backhand as a regular stroke.
These days, the Topspin and Open-Stance Forehand combination is the most widely used stroke amongst top tennis professionals. The Open-Stance Forehand portrays the best example of the Lock and Roll movement, due to the amount of twisting that is required for the body to execute a shot correctly.