Friday, November 13, 2009

Exclusive Slow Motion Videos Now Posted on YouTube


I just wanted to give all of you a head-up to check out the TennisSpeed Channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.con.tennisspeed) because I've uploaded some interesting (super) slow motion clips of the top ATP pros from our huge slow motion video library.


Right now, there are clips of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Gonzales, Fernando Verdasco, and Ivo Karlovic (and many others to come) available for your viewing (and learning) pleasure.

If you're a regular visitor to the TennisCruz website, which is the best* tennis instructional website on the web, you've already seen samples of the kinds of slow motion footage in our vast library in some of the featured articles there.

(*For those of you who know my general opinion of online tennis instruction from previous posts, for me to come out and say the TennisCruz is the "best" online source for tennis instruction, you know that the site is something perhaps bordering on the extraordinary.

What's special about TennisCruz.com is its creator, Sergio Cruz (who was the personal coach of 4-time Grand Slam winner, Jim Courier). Sergio has been there and done that as both a player and coach in tennis, and everyone who loves the game is frankly incredibly fortunate to have someone of Sergio's knowledge and experience in the game sharing with his insight with everyone so freely.

Especially if you understand the closed, secret society that is high-performance tennis!)

And, if you're interested, the reason why we started collecting this footage is to increase our understanding and insight into the technique used by today's top players.

The clips posted on YouTube will show those players who we believe represent the "Gold Standard" when it comes to racket or court movement speed today (and in the foreseeable future).

Slow motion video (or "high speed video") has enabled us to seen a far richer, more complex and until now, mostly hidden universe that underlies the physical genius of the top players.

What we have seen in the movements of the top pros at 210 to 1200 fps ("frames per second") video has revealed new insights into the stroke (bio-)mechanics used by Federer, Nadal, and their colleauges. And these new insights have driven the development of our new biomechanical analysis tool (and service), called BVM or BioVideoMechanics (more on BVM in future posts).

BVM has enabled us to make a quantum leap in understanding of how players like Federer and Nadal move to produce "hall of fame" performance AND how to teach players to execute those very same techniques.

The challenge in this process has been to figure out how to distill the most important discoveries from the fundamental complexity behind the Federer Forehand or the Roddick Serve--because their genius is in fact highly complex, far beyond the conventional oversimplifications and buzzwords that dominate tennis instruction today.

In coming posts, I'll show you some of the different ways that BVM can transform your game. If you're interested in finding out more about BVM and how it can help your game, send me an email at speedmaster[at]tennisspeed.com.

TTFN!

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2 Comments:

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to thank you for this great blog. I only discovered it this evening so I'm reading my way back through the older posts. I don't know if a comment on the older posts will show up for you, so I'll put a comment here in the most recent post.

Just want to encourage you to keep posting. Your fresh perspective on the game is useful to me as I try to find my own way to improving my game and try not to get caught in conventional thinking. Thanks!

 
At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Jim Anderson said...

Like "anonymous", I just happened on your "Tennis Speed" website. I have three questions: (1) Where's the "contact us" button? I couldn't find any, so I'm using the "comment" for this posting.
(2) Who's your intended audience? I'm a senior (71 years old, started tennis in retirement). Is there anything here for me? (3) Do you have serve speed statistics for older recreational players? I keep intending to rent a speed gun & find out how fast/slow we serve.

 

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