Steps for a forehand

1- Get into the ready position.
2- Racket back and down, move to the ball.
3- Swing out to the point of contact, shift your weight forward.
4- Follow through.

Ball in front of youback-stretchFollow through


2 Responses to “Forehand”

  1. PaIn Says:

    1. Hold the racket a continental grip so you are ready for a fore-hand or backhand.

    2. Watch your opponent and try to determine as much as you can from their posture and movement. Ex: If the ball is going to your forehand or backhand, is he hitting top-spin, slice, side-spin, or flat, is the ball going to bounce high or low, or even if the ball is going to go in (duh).

    While you are doing this, or at least at the point of contact of the tennis ball by your opponent (when your opponent hits the ball), perform a split step

    3. -Change your grip depending on whether you are going to hit a forehand or backhand.
    -As you do, move in position to hit the ball; I suggest you use side-stepping and back-stepping as often as possible, opposed to just running straight out to were you want to go, when time permits.

    4. -Bring your racket back when you stop, or during your movement into position (as you might be returning a difficult ball). You want to maintain a balanced or weight shifted backward balance during a forehand. During a backhand, (especially a two-handed backhand) you want to keep your weight shifted onto your front foot (your right foot for right handed players); this will allow you to control the ball and actually hit the ball in. For the two-handed backhand, one can actually hit the ball on one foot in theory, and many players have found that to help (bend your knee a little though).
    -A step or two before you stop you want to cut the size of your steps in half, or at least make them really small in order to get yourself precisely in position (the more precise your movement the better your stroke will be).
    -Somewhere during this time, when you have a moment, pick the spot on the opponent’s side of the court which you want to place (hit) the ball.

    4. At this point the ball is on your side of the court has or is making its first bounce.
    -As the ball approaches, or really gets within four feet of you, lock your eyes on the ball and don’t look away. You want to never take your eyes off the ball during this point in time.
    -As you swing the racket forward, make sure to shift your weight forward in a timely manner (some people have a really hard time with the timing XP). I will not go into detail on how the swing really goes as everyone as there own styles of hitting the ball.
    -Just for rule of thumb: top-spin shots start low and end high with the racket tilted down (it is possible to hit topspin with a face up racket, but it is really awkward and more commonly used by girls for some reason ?_?), slicing is the opposite and starts high and end low or lower then you started at least. For almost all shots (unless you are using a open stance) you will cross the racket across your body for topspin and some slice shots.
    -As you hit the ball, you want to make sure you are looking at the point of contact and attempt hitting as much in the center of the racket as possible, or whatever sweet-spot for advanced players or weird rackets.
    -Finish your stroke over your shoulder (topspin, closed stance) and only look at where you hit the ball after you hit it. Always make sure to finish nice, as it proves that you did most if not everything right.

    5. Extra step~ pop back to the center, behind the baseline if you are not gong to rush the net, change back to the continental grip and be ready for the next ball. Be sure to watch your opponent during this time as you might not need or might not have enough time to move back into ready position

    I covered more then just forehands, sorry guys. Hoped this helped, and tell me if you have any questions.

  2. randy Says:

    PaIn makes for some very good points to be more precise on the details that should be included in your info and ground stroke tips.


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