Having trouble hitting through ww forehand

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  1. alexoftennis1

    alexoftennis1 New User

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    Before my ww forehand was loopy (almost like a moon ball) and did not penetrate the court, landing by the service line for my opponent to kill. I now know that it is because put my effort into putting topspin on the ball and that's why the ball doesn't go straight forward but it just pops up and lands helplessly by the service line. People tell me to put my body into the shot, that I'm trying to much and actually rotating away from the shot and I think that helps.

    However the biggest thing that everyone tells me to do is to hit through the ball more. I just can't do this, period. It sounds easy to do but I can't figure out how... When ever I try to do it I start to frame a lot of balls and it just doesn't feel natural. What am I missing?
     
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  2. Blake0

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    I'm quite the opposite atm. My ww is penetrating through the court with little spin and i'm having difficulty to get more topspin :shock:.

    Hitting through the ball is easier with a more horizontal swing path, so instead of brushing up so much by swinging up or vertically, try to hit straighter with a more horizontal swing path and you should be hitting through the ball easier. For consistency you need to find the swing path that gives you enough spin and pace by changing it and see which one suits you the best and use that for consistency, loopers for when you need to, and flatten out the ball more during a kill swinging more horizontally.

    Oh also don't forget to turn your shoulders perpendicular to the net and turn your hips and load energy in your leg.
     
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  3. aptennis91

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    Leaning your body into the shot will cause it to penetrate more and leaning back will cause it to be more loopy.
    Watch guys like federer and he really leans into the shot when he wants to penetrate his shot.
     
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  4. Blake0

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    Leaning your body will cause you to get offbalance, which is bad. Stepping into your shot will get it to be more penetrating, especially when transitioning to net. Hitting off your back foot causes your strokes to be more loopy and defensive. (Not always though)
     
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  5. cstephenson

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    Hey Alex,

    You may want to try getting extra low and rotating into the shot. Maybe try using less of your arm to hit through the ball. Instead let the ball go farther to the side of you and use your body to rotate into it instead. After all if you hit the ball to far in front of you it means you have already swung and can't actually hit through it. I've always been confused when people have told me to make contact in front and hit through the ball in the same sentence. It doesn't really make sense. And when you rotate it's generally ok to rotate away from the ball like you had mentioned. By letting ball come back farther you will still get a clean contact and be able to adjust away from the ball if you line up to close. Happy Fourth of July. Best Wishes

    Clint Stephenson
     
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  6. NamRanger

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    When making contact you just want to make contact out in front of you. It's much easier to do it this way. If you make contact far too forward, you run the risk of not aligning properly towards the ball.
     
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  7. ho

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    timming, you have to touch the ball first then ww follow, not the otherway around. can be solved just to hit closer to your body.
     
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  8. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    You probably are trying to hit too much up the back of the ball for straight over TS. If you meet the ball, then pull up and across the ball, the change of directions of the racket face will accel the racket and give much more penetration.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    "hit thru the ball"...
    so flatten your swingpath so you hit thru at least 3 tennisballs at the contact point.
    You're going for too steep a swingpath, thinking that's what gives you the topspin. So you have no "dwell" time on the ball, just brushing up it's backside.
    Nadal does hit with lots of topspin, but his ball goes fast also.
    For depth, aim 4' over the net. Nadal aim 3' over, but he's better than you.
     
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  10. phoenicks

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    I think you should focus on your swingpath first instead of thinking about leaning your body or stepping in. Because even if you're not rotating you upper body, stepping in, putting your body.. etc, but if you hit with a correct swingpath, your ball will not be loopy, it'll still be a perfectly normal forehand, just that it's less powerful than when you also incorporate your body into the shot.

    No matter how good you're in incorporating your body into the shot, it'll still be ineffective because your swingpath is at fault.

    To alter your swingpath, you must be more horizontal in your swing path, Forget the brushing. Remember, bat the ball out. You want a solid thwack sound when you hit the ball.
     
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  11. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    I like the idea of focusing on a good swing path, but Note the difference between this conventional approach above and my previous post which is the Modern tennis approach. With the modern method you won't have to learn a change your strokes as you improve. The conventional strokes work ok for learning but become a constraint to progress later down the road. Proven time and time again, but i will call it IMO.
     
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