Originally Posted by mightyrick
I'm surprised you really aren't prescribing wall work. No disrespect to your 40 years of being involved in tennis, but hitting into the net doesn't drive a person to create a full stroke. A wall requires someone to see the ball coming back at them, it requires (fast) footwork to get into position, it encourages a full turn, backswing, and follow-through.
A drop-hit into the net doesn't do this.
That said, I'm not a teaching pro. In fact, with tennis, I'm not sure what qualifies someone to teach.
I only know what worked for me. And what worked for me was reading about what other ATP professionals did to groove their strokes early on. All it requires is a wall, some balls, and time/practice. After 1.5 years, I went from never having held a tennis racquet to beating most 3.5s in my area.
I think there are probably several methods someone can use to groove their forehand. Personally, I think hitting against a wall has the best return on investment (for beginners) and covers all of the mechanics of the stroke.
At some point, though, I think rallying with someone else is the best thing to do.
I never said a wall didn't have a place for learning. Show me where I said that?
I'm the guy that broke all the windows at my school, because there were no tennis courts.
I learned against a wall!