Open Stance Forehand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by redtennis55, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. redtennis55

    redtennis55 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2005
    Do you guys ever use an open stance to go cross court or down the line. I usually try the reverse forehand with a closed stance to go down the line, but then my opponent knows where i am hitting. Please post any other comments or questions about the open stance forehand, or the forehand in general.
  2. Mahboob Khan

    Mahboob Khan Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    General, the open stance or semi-open stance blends very well with semi-western or western grips. However, it could also be used with Eastern forehand grip. And by and large it is used when recovery from a wide ball is a major consideration. It could also be used to disguise your shots (difficult to tell from an open stance whether you are going cross or down the line).

    Having said, down the line is a challenging shot and my experience shows that square stance (when both feet are in the same line) is more suitable to go down the line (I do not recommend close stance), and open stance is more suitable to go cross court. Although, as I said experienced players can use open stance to go cross court or down the line! There are some advantages to both:

    -- Square stance allows you to transfer your weight toward the direction of your target.

    -- Open stance to me is the best in assuring upper body coil. Basically you are coiling your upper body against your legs!

    -- Square stance is the best to handle normal balls!

    -- Open stance is the best to handle wide balls (recovery is more natural with open stance).

    Since you were not specific with other questions re. forehand, I cannot post answers to un-asked questions!
  3. Docalex007

    Docalex007 Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2005
    I almost never use the open stance. I have a great way of shifting my body at the last moment to use directional force into a shot.
  4. i use a mixture of both.
  5. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I pretty much always hit with an open stance. This is likely to help make up for my poor footwork in preparing for the shot. I know where shots are going and I can get there with no problem, I just can't always get my feet where I want when I want. Open stance is also more comfortable for me.
  6. Bounce

    Bounce Guest

    I almost always use an open stance on my forehand side (semi-western grip). It is particularly helpful for me when you've got a higher ball, otherwise I feel like my body gets in the way of a full, powerful swing.

    The only exception is when I have to run up a distance, then it seems more comfortable and natural to use a square stance.

    I think whatever feels best is what you should use.
  7. snoflewis

    snoflewis Guest

    i was taught to step in on shorter lower balls and to hit open stance on deeper and wider shots. IT helps me because on the shorter ones...i can setup like im hitting it down the line, but can flick my wrist for a cross court, and on the open opening doesnt know where im hitting
  8. FiveO

    FiveO Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2005
    Mahboob has said it very well. No single stance should be used to hit exclusively to any one specific target. You should work on hitting to all targets from all stances, open, semi-open and nuetral. The only stance which should be avoided on a fh is a closed stance where the non-hitting side foot crosses over and ends up closer to the contact side sideline than the back foot. It blocks the hips from uncoiling into the shot.
  9. joe28601

    joe28601 New User

    Oct 7, 2005
    i also use both depending what my last thought is... ITS CALLED PEER PRESURE!!!
  10. Mattle

    Mattle Rookie

    Oct 25, 2005
    Apply to forhand

    Hey there!
    I'm new here, but sorry, this time i'm not here to comment on your problem, but.. i saw th word forhand and i got this problem. Where to hit a forhand generally indoors? low or high? i can play all other strokes really good, though my forhand is teasing since i've been trying to develop it in to many different ways. Now i'm lost. should you go for one forhand and then just move on the court? thanks
  11. tonysk83

    tonysk83 Semi-Pro

    Sep 5, 2005
    When I first started I only used open, past few months I have been using a closed stance and can get a lot more power because I feel I can explode on the ball more then open. Just how I feel when hitting. I do use open though when I am reaching for wide balls and other situations where I feel it is needed. Usually if I have less time to react to a ball I will go open, closed if I have more setup time.

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