How to Use Proper Stances in Tennis


Discussion about the various stances in tennis.

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  1. Gary Orpana
    January 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm · Reply

    Sorry Jorge I don`t agree. I think that with proper foot work you should be setting yourself up with a proper stance.Reception skills are most inportant. If you are forced out of position yes, set up as you can but not pressured, you should be setting up in a stance that is most offensive.

  2. Sylvester
    August 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge I like to ask it matters if a player steps with right feet if heating forehand what it does?

  3. Pedro Nel Ospina Restrepo
    August 16, 2016 at 10:05 pm · Reply

    Jorge felicitaciones por los excelentes vídeos , con ellos entendemos los diferentes golpes del tenis , con su hermasa familia hacen un gran equipo de trabajo .mil Gracián Medellín Colombia

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm · Reply


  4. Olivier
    August 16, 2016 at 7:02 pm · Reply

    I just would like to say that you and your family are doing a good job inspiring and mentoring tennis players and coaches.
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Michael
    August 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm · Reply

    Always good, refreshing insights.

    Sometimes I references open stance for entering the court (short balls), and closed stance for exiting the court (retreating for high, deep shots).

    Thank you for your time.

  6. Bruce
    August 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm · Reply

    I think the open stance is helpful when one has a powerful opponent as a player. Because of the ball pace there isn’t as much time to attain a neutral or semi-open stance. When the leading foot (left or right) is indeed forward there’s natural forward momentum – always sought after in tennis. The potential problem is an over-reliance on an open stance which can lead to lazy footwork. However, as you say, Jorge, the stance is a function of the type of ball one receives.

  7. larry
    August 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm · Reply

    is stance focused on say waist down whereas shoulder rotation is more important to talk about. I see many players take open stance to mean facing the opponent with said open /parallel shoulders

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm · Reply

      That is right Larry… Too often the open stance is done with not enough coiling and uncoiling of the upper body. This kills the Kinetic chain and causes a loss of power.

  8. Sean Abrol
    August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    I sent you a message some time ago but have had no response although you do say in your videos you respond to all messages – not quite sure why I did not receive a response ??

    Maybe you would get back to me?

    Sean Abrol.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm · Reply

      I must have missed that one… Do you have a question?

  9. Dave Cresap
    August 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm · Reply

    Very good information. Thanks for sharing. Do you have any proper set up points when hitting any one of the three ways? Does open stance take away power?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm · Reply

      I think it mostly depends on the type of able you are RECEIVING and if that ball is pushing backward, or forwards. I do NOT think that Open stance necessarily takes away power.

  10. Skip
    August 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm · Reply

    Good topic. Which stance allows more power on ground strokes?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm · Reply

      I think the power is mostly dependent on the type of able you are RECEIVING and if that ball is pushing backward, or forwards.

  11. David
    August 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm · Reply

    Do you think that hitting an inside out forehand requires more or a closed or open stance?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm · Reply

      I have seen it done with BOTH. The more time that player has, the more often it is closed. When they are rushed, they can not get their feet set up as easily.

  12. Pattu
    August 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge, Great video, helps every one understand the different stances better

    Have a question, you call neutral, same as semi open, am I right? maybe a slight variation

    Thank you, Pattu

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm · Reply

      Yes.. that is right.

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