Cross Court Forehand gone off.... quick fix tips?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by datsveryinterestin, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. datsveryinterestin

    datsveryinterestin Semi-Pro

    May 6, 2005
    any "quick fix" ideas for my forehand that has suddenly gone awry?
    i can hit a rally ball fine, but my crosscourt forehand drive or angled winner attempt has really been off recently.

    1. my down the line forehand has suddenly become amazing, and even though it is supposed to be low percentage I am using it more and more. It has pinpoint precision to hit deep in the corner and I am super confident right now with it.
    2. my right ankle was severely sprained a year ago, and there is a bunch of scar tissue in there now. it still hurts when I "crouch" down to get in good position.

    I think my problems are:
    a) improve strenght in core muscles.. back and stomach feel weak after 2-3 hours of tennis which probably inhibits my cross court shots most because of the twisting action involved
    b) i am standing up too much, and opening up my shoulder too soon because of my bad ankle, and also moving off my back foot too soon because of the pain
    With those thoughts in mind, any ideas you can come up with to try and improve this shot for my next match.

    Most of my CCFH shots have been going long if that helps with ideas..... I am 4.5 with good strokes... but something has gone off with this shot. Right now I can hit winners only on the right half of the court... and my
    opponents are starting to camp out there once they realize I can't blast one cross court even when the court is open.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2007
  2. JohnS

    JohnS Semi-Pro

    Apr 26, 2006
    I'd have to say that you are hitting the ball late, or behind you, now compared to before. You're timing may be off and are late with your contact. That is why you feel more comfortable hitting it down the line than cross court.

    I have this problem and im still trying to fix it. My forehand cross court is not a weapon at all. I'm more comfortable hitting it down the line with power and precison.
  3. SilverBullet

    SilverBullet New User

    Mar 10, 2007
    Go to a empty court with a few balls and a partner or a hopper full of balls. Practice bounce hitting the balls crosscourt, don't try to go for a extreme angle but aim at the center hash then work on from there.
  4. z-money

    z-money Semi-Pro

    Apr 24, 2007
    try to not rotate your body too much. focus on the contact and direct that ball by hitting a lil early and by lengthening out your stroke
  5. travlerajm

    travlerajm Hall of Fame

    Mar 14, 2006
    Try to make sure you transfer you weight to your left foot before you make contact. The best way is to plant the right foot to put the brakes on and step toward your target with your left. If you simply put the brakes on with your right foot as your last step, you might struggle because it takes excellent timing.
  6. bad_call

    bad_call Legend

    Aug 23, 2006
    i'd say rotate ur body more and crush the ball...hitting it as early as u can. that usually works for me.
  7. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    My guess, from the information given, is that yoour main problem is laziness, or (more likely) fear of twisting your ankle.

    There is a slight, SLIGHT chance that it is a timing problem, because it tales a bit more timing to change the angle of the ball in flight- but I doubt that in your case.

    Really, there is no difference in the way the ball is struck- down the line or crosscourt as long as you set up/position yourself properly to hit the ball. If you hit the ball properly down the line, then you just need to reposition yourself at more of an angle to drive it cross court.

    An ankle wrap or brace may help, either physically or psychologically to get your mind off the foot and back in the groove.

    Good luck,

  8. Breakaz54z

    Breakaz54z Rookie

    Apr 5, 2007
    Ibaraki, Japan
    I'm assuming you're right handed so the best thing I can tell you is to position yourself almost parallel to the baseline and hit the ball a bit early and in front of you so you can hit a good crosscourt shot. I could be wrong though. I'm a lefty around a weak 3.0 level, so I always go after the backhand with crosscourts since 95%+ of people I play are righties.
  9. Tennismastery

    Tennismastery Professional

    Jun 23, 2005
    In addition to many of the good points offered, you might try two things:

    Stay sideways much longer, actually facing almost 90 degrees away from your target. (I'll explain why in a moment.); Second, imagine getting the tip of your racquet out around the ball (but not by using your wrist...hit the ball well out in front.)

    By staying sideways, your able to get the racquet top edge and tip around the outside of the ball. If you open up too early, or rotate through your stroke too early, you can't hit outside the would pull it so far to the left (if your right handed). And, your body recognizes this and so you end up laying the racquet head back to get the ball into the court instead of pulling it wide.

    It will take about five strokes to get the feel right as well as the aim...but you will quickly recognize your ability to get the ball to dip out wide and yet stay in the court because of the right topspin and a little side spin if you can whip up the outside of the ball in the way I have described.
  10. norcal

    norcal Hall of Fame

    Feb 25, 2004
    Great advice Dave. When I am tired (not enough sleep) I tend to pull off the ball and open up too early which causes me to not get good angle and hit too deep. I'll try and use your tips.
  11. skiracer55

    skiracer55 Hall of Fame

    Feb 21, 2007
    All good stuff...'s one other thought. If you're going short cross-court, you're going to need topspin to get the ball up over the net with some clearance and back down inside the line. I started life with a pretty flat Continental/Eastern forehand, and my last set of coaches finally got me into a semi-Western topspin for my base groundstroke. Every once in a while, I'll start hitting way too flat, and then I have a hard time getting the short cross-court going. So here's what I do:

    - Stop thinking that the court is flat and think instead that I'm in a hole at the bottom of a hill, and I've got to hit up the side of the hill to get over the top and back down the other side. One of the easiest ways to make this real is to get another net...anything will do, a badminton net is fine...and put about two feet of it on top of the regular net. Now you've got to hit up the side of the hill.

    - Once you get a feel for this, get a ball machine or partner to feed you easy balls to your forehand with you at the baseline. Try hitting a semi-lob where you're getting beaucoup topspin such that the ball hits on the service line, and you're trying to get the damned thing to bounce up as high as possible. At this point, you're not even aiming the ball cross court or anywhere else, for that matter. Right down the middle is fine; you're just trying to get your stroke grooved.

    - Once that's clicking, get with your hitting partner and hit cross court forehands for a half hour to 45 minutes. Lots of cross courts, all different kinds. Experiment with the deep cross court to the corner, the short one to the intersection of the service line and the sideline, and everything in between. Experiment with rolling some with big topspin, others go for the hard deep ball with just enough topspin to keep it in. In other words, expand the envelope you've been in. A cross-court forehand isn't just one shot...there are lots of variations on the theme. Just watch Roger Federer. After you run through these drills, you won't just be hitting cross court again, you'll be hammering the ball...

    Good luck!
  12. Tennismastery

    Tennismastery Professional

    Jun 23, 2005
    If you are a member of TennisOne, I did a two-part series of what I call my "rounding out" drills. Among these, I teach what I call the severe angle topspin drill where you work on topspin forehands and or backhands while standing well outside the doubles sidelines and near the netpost, hitting across the net, nearly parallel with it, to a target just inside the singles sideline on the other side. This drill I have found to be fantastic in getting the player to feel how to get the ball up and down on the most severe angle you could ever hit...which translates into hitting and feeling how to hit, more effective topspin angles.

    See if you can find these video clips within these articles as they have become a very popular new drill concept for coaches all over. (According to the e-mails I have gotten!)

    Good luck!
  13. Doc Hollidae

    Doc Hollidae Hall of Fame

    Dec 28, 2006
    Hit it down the line =P

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