Forehand is a mess

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  1. gatorbait

    gatorbait New User

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    Hi,

    I've been doing some tweaking on my forehand lately (mainly trying to hit open stance and trying to explode into the shot and trying not to arm it). Initially when I tried to explode into my shot I was hitting the ball really clean and was excited about the change. Since then my consistency has really suffered and my confidence in this stroke is at a all time low. I noticed that I'm hitting a lot of balls low in the string bed which torques the racquet face closed. I think it's from me exploding into the shot causing slight elevation in my forward swing. I think I also need to try to hit through a bit more to keep my wrist cocked back more, but I feel like I'm doing it the best I can now. Maybe it's due to my shoulder not coming through enough. Also not sure if I should to to hit a bit more out front. Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

    Forehand Rear
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt0bDqYz8wU&feature=youtu.be

    Forehand Side
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-U7ap__tWU&feature=youtu.be

    Forehand Front
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxhNAgadj0w&feature=youtu.be
     
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  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Looks good against the high balls, but would be better if you vided hitting with a player, who might hit lower balls, slices, and forces you to move to the ball more.
    I'd take the left hand onto the throat, to solidfy the unit turn.
    Lots of energy expended in these vids. Do you have enough to play matches?
    Should be good to go on clay, and somewhat out of time for hardcourt, almost impossible for grass.
    The one problem here is that these are almost maximum effort forehands. What are you going to resort to when you need a maximum effect forehand? Those shots are nice, but are really rally balls. You don't have another higher gear to go to, nor does it seem you have a cruising forehand for a low effort rally ball.
     
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  3. Limpinhitter

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    Your forward swing is too much with your arm and not enough with upper body rotation. You are also setting up a little too close to the ball and hitting it a bit too far back in your stance. Give yourself a little more room, turn your chest to the target before contact, contact the ball a little more out front, and finish with your chest facing 9 O'Clock.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    On his first swing, prep is 90 degrees to 3 o'clock, finish is all the way over to 10 o'clock, good enough upper body rotation.
    I like to use a little more prep rotation, and a little less followthru rotation , but I'm old, tight, and definetely not flexible.
     
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  5. Fearsome Forehand

    Fearsome Forehand Professional

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    IMHO, your stroke is basically sound. Your set up/take back seems more directed at high balls; chest high. Looks like you are using a full Western grip which is great for high bouncing balls but maybe not the best choice for hard courts.

    One thing I noticed is that you seem to be trying to kill every shot. You seem to be over hitting and, by doing so, you enter into that whole ying/yang arena of hitting the ball harder but losing accuracy/precision as a result. Maybe back off a bit, maybe experiment going slightly more to a SemiWestern grip. Maybe do some drills with a wood racket to instill a little more stroke discipline due to the 68 sq inch head size.

    Also, I noticed that while your head seems to remain still, you are looking off the ball more times than not. Try to look the ball all the way into the strings a la Federer. Can't hurt your cause. :)

    Your stroke is way better than 90% of the fh's out there. But, I think you are so focused on killing the ball that it is affecting the accuracy of your stroke.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    You said your "forehand is a mess"....
    While you are concentrating on hitting the ball...
    You hit blindly, somewhere up the middle, rally ball.
    At YOUR level, which is probably higher than mine, you should only practice hitting CC and DTL, no need to hit up the middle on high balls whatsoever.
    Separate your target into 3 quadrants, CC, middle, and DTL. Avoid the middle, that's the easiest to hit to. Concentrate on sharp CC's and DTL.
    You are what you practice. No matter how hard you hit, and that includes Nalbandian levels, if you hit every ball up the middle, you will lose and think your strokes are flawed.
     
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