Consistency of my forehand...

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Topspin24, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    I'm having poor consistency with my eastern forehand...any advice on what I can do to keep more balls in play?
     
  2. firstblud

    firstblud Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    895
    ball machine?
     
  3. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    I'm open to any other threads, videos, and tips.
     
  4. SethIMcClaine

    SethIMcClaine Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Messages:
    304
    Location:
    Harrisonburg VA
    inconsistancy on depth or left to right?

    -make sure your keeping your head still during contact and a second after
    -depth can be helped with top spin
     
  5. Solat

    Solat Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    1,242
    TS24 : you need to give more information as to what the errors are so that we can offer advice
     
  6. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    -Ball goes long
    -trouble controlling depth
    -small range of directional ball control
    -weak approach shot(forehand)
    Reading this makes me sound terrible but i have a sound backhand, my forehand has only recently become unreliable.
     
  7. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    *focused on my forehand*
     
  8. S H O W S T O P P E R !

    S H O W S T O P P E R ! Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,938
    Location:
    In your thredz, stealin ur bukkits
    If you aren't getting the ball in, add topspin. Employ the wind-shield wiper forehand.
     
  9. phoenicks

    phoenicks Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Messages:
    1,246
    Assuming that you aren't going to change your forehand style ( eastern, SW, western). I'd say have a low to high swingpath while hitting through the ball, to generate more topspin. Topspin enable you to control depth and placement
     
  10. Blake0

    Blake0 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,709
    Location:
    Texas
    I think he knows what topspin is..referring to his name..:).

    You said most of your balls go long. So the question is how can i get more spin using an eastern grip? Easiest way to get more spin is to change grips.

    Do you already use a WW forehand?(if not i recommend switching) If you do and you're still not getting enough spin then you got to take a look at your swing path.

    Theres 2 ways to get spin with a WW forehand.
    Refer to this thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/show...ghlight=Windshield+wiper+forehand#post3396319
     
  11. 10nistennis

    10nistennis Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Messages:
    352
    Location:
    TX
    A problem may be that you're not hitting the same way over and over again on your forehand, thus the inconsistency.

    For a backhand, and I'm guessing you have a 2 hander, their is less room for incorrect movement, which lowers the inconsistency. However, on the forehand, you're only using one arm, which if not done correctly, can lead to improper consistency on the stroke.


    A few ways to fix this is to focus on hitting one way. Trying to imitate the pros or someone else who looks like they have "cool" strokes is good, but you can't experiment that much. You have to stick with one form, and make it consistent.

    Another way is keeping your head still throughout the whole stroke. This makes your stroke more consistent.

    Another problem might be the footwork. Are you getting set up in time? Are you in the correct position to hit a forehand? Footwork may be the problem.

    Maybe you don't have the right mechanics.

    To hit a correct forehand, you have to:

    *use your body and shoulders to rotate into the ball.

    * employ some knee bend, to explode into the ball.

    * keep steady eye contact with the ball.

    *keep a steady arm, and brush through the ball, while employing some drive and plow through. Having a steady arm is key, because you don't want your arm wiggling everywhere which will definitely lead to inconsistency, and just a bad stroke in general.


    ~Hope this help
     
  12. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    I have a one hander btw...-_-'
     
  13. Topspin24

    Topspin24 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    Thanks for the tips though, do you know any drills for footwork?
     
  14. SethIMcClaine

    SethIMcClaine Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Messages:
    304
    Location:
    Harrisonburg VA
    keep your head still during contact and a second after. Try to see the ball hit the strings (even though its pretty much impossible "try")
     

Share This Page