How to practice proper form on forehand?

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  1. RCizzle65

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    I don't think I have proper technique on my forehand, I know it's hard to analyze anything without a video, but can I just get some tips? I think it may either be my swing path or grip. I just want it to be consistent like my backhand, and I try to mimic it as much as I can, but it doesn't seem to work. I use a semi-western forehand, and my backhand, my left hand is a semi-western (as a left forehand) and my right hand is a western (if I were to hit it as a forehand, sorry forgot the term lol). Any input is appreciated, I guess I'll try and get a video of me hitting balls if I can get a camera.
    EDIT: I don't know if this helps at all, but just did a few quick swings in my apartment, lol, uploading the video now
    EDIT: Here http://youtu.be/dixECrE7lfU
     
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  2. 5263

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    you are pushing the racket face on Bh and Fh sides.
    Better to pull the handle and swing the racket face vs pushing it.
     
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  3. Jhonny

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    Two suggestions for the the forehand:

    1) On the racket takeback, you should try to get more of a looping motion -- ie. take the racket back higher, drop the head down and swing on an upward path. Some people refer to this as trying to carve a "C" shape with your racket head. The way you are doing it now -- it's a bit tough to make out in the video -- looks like you are more or less taking the racquet back in a straight line (albeit on a diagonal) and not getting very good arm extension.

    2) As you are preparing to swing, don't let your left arm just hang there. Move it out and and to the left, which will force you to turn your shoulders in the same direction. Not using my left arm was a big problem for me; when I focused on moving it and turning my shoulders my forehand immediately improved.

    Try these things and post another video if you can.
     
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  4. ga tennis

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    www.virtualtennisacademy.com Heath is one of the best coaches on the planet. Go to the site and look under Millenium forehand. His site is free.
     
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    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    Interesting opinion. Are you Heath or his wife?
     
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  6. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    Great third post Jhonny!

    Thankfully, Coach Mauro has this video to teach exactly the points you make to RCizzle65:

    In this video, Mauro reveals the first 2 phases of the modern forehand, which involve preparation, racket loop and drop, and the role of the non-hitting arm.
    How To Hit An Easy, Modern Forehand: Pt. 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FfIvTg_xoI&feature=relmfu




    [Of course I'm sure the OP will want to follow up with more information on the swing itself with the following videos:

    Mauro is back at it again, explaining and demonstrating the swing forward, the continuing role of the non-hitting arm, the contact zone, impact & the role of the wrist.
    How To Hit An Easy, Modern Forehand: Pt. 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UZ84ueXD5A&feature=fvwrel

    In this video, Mauro & Coach Kyril explain and demonstrate the 4th and final phase of the Modern Forehand, follow-through and a review of the role of the left arm. Plus, we put the whole stroke together for you so you can see all four phases working together.
    How To Hit An Easy, Modern Forehand: Pt. 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z3bEtDxugw&feature=fvwrel ]
     
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  7. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

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    I hate how most coaches just leave out the phase of moving to the ball like this.
     
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  8. RCizzle65

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    Wow thanks for the responses, I'll check out the videos when I get home!
     
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  9. user92626

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    One guy just showed me to swing the racket flat faced and then keep the same horizontal path into the followthrough position. Imagine,you clear the contents on a table surface with your hand.

    I don't hit like that. I swing my racket at an angle so I'm not convinced. But this guy I'm talking about has a tremendous FH.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Your swing is out of whack.
    The best you can hit with it is a moderate speed moderate topspin ball with a tiny contact point and little power.
    You need to lengthen the stroke from back to front, and NOT pull up so quickly after ball impact.
     
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  11. isilra

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    buddy, first of all you need to relax a bit. hold the frame as loose as possible. Your second biggest mistake is you are trying to hit the ball just next to your legs. It's like you are trying to play tennis in a phone cabinet and that makes you swing with your arm, not with your shoulder. You have the whole court, just hit the ball as far as possible from you. After that you will need to change your swing and you need to make a loop.

    I have a suggestion for you, just forget everything you know about your forehand and just try to do it as it explains in that video;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqDCZIbOc34

    I want you won't want that but believe me it will not be as hard as you think when you already know how to hit a ball with a racquet. In a few days, you will get used to it and you will no longer think if your forehand technique is right or not.
     
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  12. RCizzle65

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    Okay, another question, I have a two hander, so where is my left hand supposed to be in the ready position? And is my right hand supposed to be leaning towards my forehand grip, backhand, or in between?
     
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