Any tip to hit forehand stroke to out in front

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by mongting, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. mongting

    mongting Rookie

    Mar 29, 2011
    I can hit the ball to the corner of ad-court side. But having hard time sending the ball to the corner of deuce-court.
    I think I am hitting the ball too back. Maybe at my waist point. I am trying to hit before the ball gets to the waist line. But it is not easy to change the habit.

    Any tips could you suggest to improve this?
  2. Avles

    Avles Hall of Fame

    Oct 14, 2009
    The Peak of Good Living

    Can't find the video, but if I remember right, Coach Mauro from the Tennis Vault site recommends using self-feeds to work on the contact point-- you bounce the ball a bit out in front of yourself to get used to hitting it there.
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Self feeds for sure, don't need a video.
    Just remember to stand off to your deuce court, then hitting CC over to the opponent's duece court. Practice from different points along your baseline.
  4. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    Think hit the lower outside of the ball and pull the racket head up, thru and across toward the CC corner before it wraps into your followthru. Visualize dividing the ball into 4 quadrants: Upper R, Upper L, Lower R, and Lower L. A right handed tennis player hitting a topspin CC forehand wants to think of hitting the lower R quadrant (lower outside of ball) and pulling the racket head up and across toward the CC corner from there.

    In reality, if you use a slightly closed racket face for topspin as you should, the first contact between racket and ball will be on the outside of the ball but it may not really be on the lower outside. Think about it - it is hard (maybe impossible) to really contact the lower half of the ball if your strings are slightly closed. But, it is still a good visualization technique.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  5. 86golf

    86golf Semi-Pro

    Aug 30, 2009
    Watch this video.

    As the poster above noted, you need to focus on hitting the outside of the ball. You can do this without hitting way out in front, but rather pulling the racquet handle through and making contact slightly past your sternum and be sure to not over rotate your shoulders too soon. That said , you need to be sure you have a good shoulder turn back so you can create the acceleration for your arm to come around. Watch the video and compare it to what you are doing currently.
  6. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

    Mar 31, 2008
    In the book "Design B",
    he suggests imagining there the a plane of glass just in front of you that you
    use your racket to never allow the ball to reach.
    I guess the idea is this is special glass you can swing the racket thru, but
    none the less, protecting that plane of glass in front of you can help.
  7. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Mar 2, 2012
    You need earlier shot preparation, and don't wait for the ball to get to you before you start swinging.

    for me, once the ball crosses the net, I've already taken my racquet back. Once the ball is about 10 feet in front of me, I'm already swinging.

    By the time my racquet head is out in front of me, I'm contacting with the ball about 2 or so feet, or 2:00 on a clock face if I was standing right in the middle of a clock.

    Most amateurs don't start swinging the racquet until the ball is practically on them, so their contact point is right on their side, completely lateral to their body. It's a big reason why many shots turn out to be pop flies instead of low over the net.

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