tips for making my forehand more efficient, and footwork help

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  1. 2ndServe

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    I've been changing the way I hit my forehand, basically trying to find a more efficient way of hitting it. I put very little effort into my backhand and hit it harder than my forehand. On the forehand side I feel like I'm using too much arm and the kinetic chain isn't there. The footwork also seems to be lacking so any knowledgeable advice is welcome.

    I don't hit many groundies or like practicing it much, I prefer the net and actually come to the net after both serves and both returns. But I find myself getting jammed on the forehand too much and thus late especially once I get tired or too anxious getting to the net. Course I'd like to have a huge forehand for the few times I get stuck on the baseline. My friends say I need to make a bigger turn and my take back is too low.

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohy-nmGxThw
     
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  2. Cheetah

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    is your right arm paralyzed?
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  3. 2ndServe

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    haha, my friends say I need to hold it straight out to the side more, thus making my turn larger. Just me being lazy mostly.
     
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  4. TheCheese

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    You need to keep your hand on the racket longer during your unit turn. You'll get more power when you get a full shoulder turn.

    Also, try having your racket go through and across the ball rather than straight across.
     
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  5. Cheetah

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    How are you going to get better if everyone points out a flaw and you haven't addressed it because you're lazy?
     
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  6. corbind

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    I'm similar to you in that I spend so much time at the net I feel much less uncomfortable at the baseline hitting groundies on either wing. So I suck at ground strokes.

    From the side video, I saw you were turning your shoulders properly so you are NOT all arming the ball massively.

    From the behind video somthing seemed off. I was puzzled buy your body is not doing enough of the work. Specifically I'm guessing your back (left) leg needs to push off (forward) much more to generate free power. Another guess is more hip rotation. Your upper body is twisting well but hips should provide more power.

    Remember I am not a coach. Remember I suck at the baseline. When i wake I'll watch videos on screen bigger than 4"!
     
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  7. Maui19

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    This      
     
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  8. SFrazeur

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    I use the term "T-Rex Arms" all the time!

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  9. LeeD

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    Nice consistent style of forehand.
    For more power, you need a longer backswing and a longer foreward swing.
    Notice you take the racktet back with elbows very close to your body, hands waaaaaaaaaaaaay down low. If you'd just take the elbow farther from the body, and raise your hands, GRAVITY would help initiate the forward swing for a longer, just as easy, more powerful forehand.
    Elbows UP, both hands.
     
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  10. 2ndServe

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    am I too brushy with the forehand and is the stance too closed? (I slightly prefer it if I have time, as I bring my other leg forward and get a step towards coming to the net) but it doesn't appear to be optimal footwork for baseline play? Also is my contact point not out in front enough?
     
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  11. pvaudio

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    Listen to cheetah. There is no point in asking these questions when you first admitted that you're too lazy to do anything about it.
     
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