Any tips on learning to drop the racquet head below the wrist

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Buddy, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Buddy

    Buddy New User

    Dec 1, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I learned old school when we were told to keep the racquet head above your wrist on the forehand. I can still see the Stan Smith picture where this was emphasized. For effective topspin on the forehand, one needs to get the racquet head below the oncoming ball. This means bend the knees or loosen the wrist and grip so that the racquet head drops lower than the ball.
    Does anyone have suggestions to assist with this? I find it extremely difficult to relax my forearms and wrist on the backswing and forward swing.
  2. BevelDevil

    BevelDevil Hall of Fame

    Jun 10, 2010
    Lay your wrist back.
    And stick your elbow back on the backswing.

    Watch Pete Sampras for a nice forehand that blends classic and modern.
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Or, point the racket towards the sky as you start your shoulder turn.
    The loop effect as you start the forward swing drops the head of the racket.
  4. KayFactor

    KayFactor Rookie

    May 21, 2012
    Bay Area California
    I'm not sure what you mean about getting the racket under your wrist.

    I may not word this correctly, but I think you want to achieve wrist deviation. The important thing about the topspin forehand is that you do not want to actively get your racket below your wrist. Another way of saying that is forcefully bending your wrist down which gets the racket under.

    To achieve this effect naturally, you must use your body in a way where you bring your momentum upwards. You want a good shoulder turn, and load on the right leg (to get the racket under the ball on the takeback). After you set that up, uncoil your body in a way that transfers your energy upward. When you do this, your racket should go into the slot position; however, a bit deviated which creates topspin.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  5. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    Yes, paradoxically a high start seems to help with low approach to contact.

    Connors had the old racket head up locked wrist stroke and he had it to down to perfection.

    Borg was my first memory of the modern loop loose grip, open stance, rotating stroke instead of linear stroke. So, hit it like Borg instead of Connors.
  6. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

    Jul 23, 2009
    Roswell GA
    hit forehands with your pinky and ring finger completel off the handle. This will allow you to really feel your wrist and let it lay back.

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