strange forehand problem

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by raiden031, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. raiden031

    raiden031 Legend

    Aug 31, 2006
    I have been playing off and on for a few years and I would consider myself either a strong 3.0 to a weak 3.5 (I have beaten players up to 3.5 but usually would lose). I need help because I have this bizarre forehand problem that I just can't shake off.

    Sometimes my forehand is completely lost for the first 20 minutes or so of playing. This is so strange as it feels like I have absolutely no coordination and cannot generate any top spin and its humiliating because during warm ups the ball is flying all over the place and hitting the fence. Always after the first few games of the match it comes back and is solid again. When my forehand is solid I have decent control and alot of top spin (Western grip) although I have a hard time hitting 'winner' shots consistently. It baffles me why I have this rediculous problem.

    I have never met someone who has had this problem and I hate having to explain to my opponent that I don't completely suck when we first start hitting around.
  2. emcee

    emcee Semi-Pro

    Feb 21, 2004
    Maybe you should warm up more slowly? I don't know if this is what you're doing but if you're trying to wack the ball from the beginning, your shot might not properly defrost.
  3. habib

    habib Professional

    Dec 12, 2005
    Easy. Ask your opponent to only hit it to your backhand side during warmus. If questioned, explain that you actually don't know how to hit a forehand. Continue running around your forehand to hit backhands into the 3rd or 4th game of the set. And then - Surprise, jackass!
  4. tennistim777

    tennistim777 Rookie

    Jul 15, 2006
    Hopefully this hasn't become a "mental" thing for you. If you think about it before you walk out on the court you may already programmed yourself to do this. Try putting yourself in a different, more positive, mindset before you hit the courts. Be confident and impose your will during warmups and throug out the match!! Good luck!!
  5. maverick1

    maverick1 Semi-Pro

    Jul 23, 2006
    I had this exact problem with my forehand, but just once.
    It was the first tennis match I ever played, last Fall in my local club. I could n't keep the ball in the court during warmups. I played my forehand like I was extremely nervous, but in my mind I felt quite normal. It was the weirdest feeling, and humiliating as you say. Like getting on a bicycle and not being able ride. Luckily, the opponent was terrible, easily the worst in the league. I won by just dinking every ball with a little slice, aiming for dead center of the court. I have never had this problem since.

    Have you tried developing a very deliberate forehand motion, with lots of explicit cues? Think about positioning of your feet, knee bend, backswing, the stroke and follow through... Something like that should be easier to reproduce. At least, thinking of all these steps will keep your mind busy and hopefully divert it from sabotaging your mechanics.
  6. chroix

    chroix Rookie

    Jul 5, 2006
    Get there early and warm up on the wall if you have one available. After your in yur comfort zone, get on the courts.
  7. Mahboob Khan

    Mahboob Khan Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    I will briefly describe the western forehand swing:

    Stance: Normally open stance with western grips.

    Backswing: Left arm pushes the racket back and up into a high loop.

    Point of Contact: Ideal between chest and mouth but out in front (high point of contact).

    Follow-through: High. However, the racket may settle down slightly below the level of the left shoulder.

    To generate topspin: Let the strings move on the ball from low to high (6 to 12 o'clock positions).

    If your backswing is low, your point of contact will also be low, and that's a deadly recipe for western grip forehand!

    Check out a western grip forehand model at

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