Hitting high bouncing balls with FH

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  1. markzolotoy

    markzolotoy New User

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    I am finding myself having a difficulty dealing with high bouncing balls. These balls are not a result of a heavy topspin but rather a passive return from my opponent dealing with my forehand topspins. What's happening is that I am the one who is working hard on a court pushing my opponent to go on defensive and start pushing loopy balls back to me and I am the one who cannot put away these balls. A typical rally is 5-6 shots and then me deciding to go for a winner and missing. I am looking for a technical aspect of a SW FH to hit these balls. Any vid is greatly appreciated.

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  2. LeeD

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    When going for a winner hard shot, always make sure to get those feet into a fully lined up stance, so you can transfer weight towards the front foot, in line with your shot.
    Be REALLY sure to get your shoulder's sideways also, so your contact point is longer directly into the target, almost like an old school forehand.
    Since you're usually inside the court more than normal, remember you don't need as much pace to create a winner, so you can hit the ball slower, but remember to place it well.
     
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  3. markzolotoy

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    I totally agree with you, but also would like to know what are the differences between kinetics while hitting a normal FH and a FH on a high ball. One thing is different is that I cannot point a butt of the handle at the ball.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Point butt at ball, if that is what you normally do.
    Prep higher, and use a flatter stroke than from deep baseline, because now the court is shorter and you might be moving forwards as you hit, adding more pace to the ball.
     
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  5. atai

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    LeeD's suggestions are good. A few things that have helped me with high/moon balls. Am assuming these are weak balls and you're not playing against Nadal:

    - If it's short and fairly high, just hit an overhead. Let it bounce if there's not much pace.
    - If it's not so high and has a bit of pace, then learn to hit it on the rise--don't wait for it to drop. That was one of the critical things I learned to get to 4.0. Now this does require good footwork and timing.
     
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  6. markzolotoy

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    Yes, these balls are not for overheads. But still, what is a difference in technique hitting these balls? Where should I stay? Behind a ball, or on a side? How far from the ball? Am I hitting low to high?
     
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  7. boramiNYC

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    The plane of swing path becomes more slanted to the left. This means higher prep, lower finish near the waist. And stance should be more open than usual. The feel should be more of a slap than spin thus more flat trajectory. Practice flat slapping first on more comfortable height balls where the plane of swing path is more on level.
     
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  8. markzolotoy

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    But where should I stay? Behind the ball as for a regular FH or on a side of the ball?
     
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  9. LeeD

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    I disagree with Boram, but otherwise, high prep and low finish gives you a flatter swingplane, as I mentioned.
    Only top 5.0+ players put away short high balls with open stances.
    And almost every WTA player closes the stance, for the reason of longer contact point, drive towards the target, and keeping the ball DOWN, not popping it up on a mishit.
    You and I cannot hit the shots ATP pros hit, because they practice a bit, are younger, are more gifted, and most naturally use an open stance on all their forehand groundies.
     
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  10. sainttom

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    http://youtu.be/6XFjrNPY1B8 - Here's me hitting a high forehand the other night. I'm not trying to go for a winner cause we were going to start a rally but I'm still hitting a hard ball. Same principle for a winner though.

    Note that I'm finishing across my body and the rotation of my body (it's not rotating much but I hadn't hit for a week). I'm also driving from legs (again not much :/). But you can get the gist. Swing through the ball, don't go as low to high, focus on point of contact.

    LeeD explains better though.
     
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  11. sainttom

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    Borami also explains good info. There's a number of things you can do but I'm no expert, just go out and hit balls.
     
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  12. Sir Shankalot

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    Hi OP,

    Take a look at this video from Tomaz Mencinger at FeelTennis. In the video he is talking about both high forehands and backhands. He starts talking about the high BH but then he discusses the FH about half way in. Worth a look in my opinion.
     
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