Which foot to put forward on forehand

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  1. mm916157

    mm916157 New User

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    Quick question guys and gals.

    I am working to improve my footwork an want to be reminded what foot should be forward when hitting a right handed forehand.

    Specifically when I have to lunge or bend for a low ball.

    On my back hand I am always right foot out front but I have been getting sloppy with my forehand.

    Thanks as always.
     
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  2. Cheetah

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    it depends on the situation.
    if you are on the run and are lunging you can plant left or right. some ppl teach left for that some right. both work. i used to worry about which while on the run but now i just take normal strides for the ball and when i get there just make sure i get a good plant on whichever leg is there and try to transfer weight forward.

    bending down: right or left depends. if it's just a low ball and you don't have to lunge and you are not moving forward then right leg or 50/50. if you are moving forward to take a short ball or approach then left.
     
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  3. HughJars

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    Forget the feet, track and watch the ball it on to the racket and the feet will naturally follow. Over thinking your foot work in the middle of a shot will lead to mistakes. Tennis is to dynamic to say 'every forehand needs the left foot forward'. Try tell Nadal this, and he is probably the best in the world.

    A baseballer or basketballer doesnt think about which leg to move first when throwing and catching, they jsut want to make a catch/an accurate pass/throw. Why should tennis be any different?

    Practice your footwork frequently and with purpose in training with things like marker drills and ingrained it in your muscle memory.
     
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  4. Cheetah

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    how is he going to practice his footwork in training if he doesn't know what to do? that's why he posted.
     
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  5. JohnB

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    I think what HughJars is saying is, that when the OP is put in a situation where he has to run to a ball to hit a forehand (drill), his body will sooner or later, find a way to get into the correct position suited for him.
    Everyone who had learned to walk, was never told when to swing the right and/or left arm forward. Yet, most of us walk very efficiëntly.
    So I think if the OP want's practice footworkpatterns, have him run to balls in different directions which he can just get to and hit forehands. His body will find a way to figure out how to get in a good position, suited for him, without thinking about it. (just think about getting to the ball and hit it)
     
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  6. Lukhas

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    Left foot if you're righty. Even in open stance. If you draw a line, your left foot is in front, even in open stance. If your right foot is in front, you're basically hitting the fall facing the net. How far your feet are from each other matters little, your left foot is in front.
     
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  7. Tight Lines

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    I may be mistaken, but I don't think the OP used the word "forward" the way you interpreted it. If he is on the run, then "forward" to me seems to mean more right from the center.

    If that is what the OP is asking, what I do is right foot "forward", meaning just before I hit, my weight is on my right foot. I find it quicker for me to transition back which is also important. After the hit (buggy whip is best or at least high racket finish), I take two more quick steps, left foot then right foot as I am turning to face the center. From there, I push off from the right foot.

    Harry
     
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  9. sureshs

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    Often, the left foot will stay put, but the right foot comes behind (semi open and neutral stances). At impact, the left foot will be ahead, but it was not "put" there.

    In closed stance, the left foot will be put out in front.
     
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  10. mm916157

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    All posts are great. Thanks.

    I hit at lunch and really just focused on getting low with left foot in front, good take back and shoulder rotation.

    I was "armed" the ball less and was very happy.
     
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