Forhend 3.0? Alexei Popyrin (*99 / AUS)!

What is forehand 3.0? It is one of the ground strokes from the TENNIS 3.0 portfolio. TENNIS 3.0 is a tennis quality benchmark developed by Dr Martin G. Baroch (Dr.MGB), which characterises the tennis strokes from the perspective of the main power source behind them.

Based on this – as Tennis 1.0 is characterised the way of playing with the old-day rather heavier wooden rackets, where because of the imperative of the exact hitting of the ball with a rather very small sweet spot, the energy imparted on the racket and its speed were mostly limited.

Tennis 2.0 is the characteristics of the game played with modern (mostly lighter) mid-size or oversize composite rackets with substantially enlarged sweet spots, which made higher racket speeds possible and led also to a quite strong arm activity dominance (generation of the energy from the forearm) with many players.

TENNIS 3.0 is then the efficient and body-friendly way of playing with modern rackets where body energy dominates to high degree majority of the strokes (trick strokes and strokes played in an emergency have often special rules). One of the typical signs of TENNIS 3.0 in general, is a significant elbow distance from the body in the initial parts of the follow through. This general rule then applies to all strokes, forehands, backhands, volleys and even overheads.

Below shown photos of young Australian prodigy Alexei Popyrin (*1999 / AUS) from his match at the 2015 Orange Bowl in Plantation, FL/ USA are a very nice example of a forehand 3.0 with pronation directed against the target. This forehand can be seen almost as a prototype of forehand 3.0.

Already in the past, the most exceptional players have had some aspects of TENNIS 3.0 in their strokes, but today’s equipment and generally increased conditioning levels offer better opportunities for a higher degree of TENNIS 3.0 fulfilment for everybody. The best of the best then follow certain reference points, which we call TENNIS 3.0 CODE. Following this code (algorithm) can then ensure the optimal body energy dominance upon the racket in every stroke.

More information and consulting are available on request – drmgb11(at)

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Copyright 2015 (photos) and 2016 (text) by Dr. Martin G. Baroch

Dr. Martin G. Baroch (alias DrMGB) - CPTA's Vice-president - Director of Education and Certifications, long-time USPTA International Head Tester and member of the USPTA Education Committee, owner of the Martin Baroch Tennis Academy & Human Performance Center (MBTA & HPC)

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