forehand problem,important to hit it well in front?

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  1. morten

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    i hit pretty flat,but still.. also i like low bounce and use a eastern grip.. I have been thinking about the importance of hitting the ball in front,i may be hitting late and too far back? input..?
     
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  2. TennsDog

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    Where your strike zone is is a personal preference. I tend to hit the ball about 8" in front of my body, which isn't what I would consider very well in front. You just don't want to be hitting off your hip and certainly not behind. If you are hitting long or more inside out than you want, then you may be hitting too late and may try swinging sooner. I find that trying to hit more in front tends to be too uncomfortable. So you need to find the stroke that is both comfortable and consistant.
     
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  3. tetsuo10

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    Agree this is total personal preference. I finally figured out my forehand, and it's because I needed to hit it later, allowing me to hit through the ball more. I think I'm hitting just barely in front of me. Definitely not behind. Everyone kept saying "hit it in front, blah blah blah..." Never worked. Find what works for you. I use semi-western.

    I also hit it pretty late on my 2BH as well.
     
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  4. Camilio Pascual

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    Agree with above. On a FH lob, I hit VERY late and off my back foot. It works for me.
     
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  5. finchy

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    actually, using an eastern grip allows you to swing later than the western grips.

    you need to hit out in front if you use western.
     
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  6. morten

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    well.Tried it today and it worked,even if i use eastern.. i must have been very late before,could be from playing a lot of squash..?
     
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  7. Rickson

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    Watch Fed and see that he takes the ball between 2-3 feet in front of him while Serena takes the ball when it's right next to her right side. It is a matter of preference and I personally like the ball around 2 feet in front of me.
     
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  8. Sean Dugan

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    Generally speaking, the optimal contact point for one's fh is determined by one's fh grip. A full Western grip requires one to take the ball farther "out in front" and at higher point (i.e., about chest high) than other fh grips. That is why Western is the favored grip for clay (which yields a high bouncing ball.) Semiwestern, a bit lower ideal contact point than full Western
    (about the midpoint between the chest and the waist, and a bit farther back in the stance than Western.) Eastern, the traditional hard court grip, a bit lower still (about waist high), and farther back (about even with the toes of your non-hitting/leading foot) . Continental, the traditional grass court grip, relatively low (mid thigh-to slighly above knee height) and relatively late (heel area of leading foot.) If you take your normal fh grip and swing, you will see a point where your racquet face becomes level....peripendicular to the ground.....that approximates your ideal contact point. Many people have a tendency to take the ball late because they prepare their racquet late and never quite catch up. So, if you find yourself hitting the ball late frequently, focus on turning earlier; that might help your cause as well. Timing is everything.......and bad habits die very hard! But, you have to start somewhere; right? Good luck!
     
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  9. Bungalo Bill

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    Remember hitting in front does not necessarily mean hitting in front of your "whole" body. In other words, if you were to take your entire body with the net in front of you, most players measure the distance from that position forward to the net.

    Hitting in front means that when your body is facing the contact point (45 degree angle) the ball is struck when the ball is in front of you in the direction your facing. So, in essence the grip will determine where you should make contact. From there, you make the adjustments to suit your needs.
     
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