any tips on how to get higher rpm's on forehand?

Dragy

Hall of Fame
First of all you check your grip. Anything from strong eastern towards more closed ones is ok. You can hit decent topspin drives with true Eastern grip, however, I’d not stay there being after high RPM.
Nothing beats improving the form, no shortcuts actually. Build, improve, polish, engage full body, coil more in preparation, uncoil fully to hit the ball, get down and drive up with your knees - all to consistently produce high racquet head speed and smoothly deliver it to the ball. Ensure you apply external arm (shoulder) rotation as your uncoil begins to drop RF below the ball and internal arm (shoulder) rotation to lift that RF through contact and into WW finish.
Step by step you get better.
If you have confirmations your form is as good as it can be, you can go with a following drill:
Try to hit the backfence with your normal FH swings by fully engaging legs and swinging low-to-high. Then focus on RF control via internal arm rotation and find the proper angle to make those catapult rocks land into the court.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
lolololololol man, too much info in 1 go n too complicated for even a keen junior, well over their heads, man. it's almost mission impossible for a 50yo who's already played in 'his way/form' for decades n most likely burdened by te/ge:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:.....................
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
lolololololol man, too much info in 1 go n too complicated for even a keen junior, well over their heads, man. it's almost mission impossible for a 50yo who's already played in 'his way/form' for decades n most likely burdened by te/ge:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:.....................
Well, I can put it down to:
Improve your form.
Engage your full body.
Achieve higher RHS swinging from below the ball.
 

Dondon

Semi-Pro
U need the latest babolat tech
Use Nadal forehand
Add lead tape from roman prokes
String with poly fresh only few hours
Seal in plastic bag
Preferably 6 sticks at least
Use only once
Restring
Spin will be insane
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
U need the latest babolat tech
Use Nadal forehand
Add lead tape from roman prokes
String with poly fresh only few hours
Seal in plastic bag
Preferably 6 sticks at least
Use only once
Restring
Spin will be insane
lolololololol man, also............
u need at least 19 $lams in ur trophy cabinet
$100 mil in ur bank account
:love::love::love::love::love::love::love:...............
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
any exercises or drills?
Without seeing you hitting any balls it's impossible to know what adjustments might be helpful, but one idea might be sort of illuminating.

When you're on the practice grinder, try taking maybe 3-5 practice strokes (ghost strokes where you don't hit a ball) every now and then to dial in the feel of your best swing tempo, including a full follow through. If you can get comfortable with the swing tempo of that full, comfortable stroke, you ought to be able to recognize whether or not you're duplicating that when you try to hit a ball.

If hitting the ball feels a little jerky or rushed to contact, that should tell you that you need to get everything set up earlier so that you can execute that full stroke with that best swing tempo. That's where you'll get your best racquet speed. Combine that with both a proper grip that's comfortable for you and a decent contact point and you ought to be able to get the ball turning a bit more. You shouldn't need to go with a grip that's any stronger than semi-western.

What I'm saying is don't focus on trying to swing "harder" or your stroke might break down. Focus on preparing more deliberately and starting your stroke earlier. That will give you more time to get the racquet going faster through the ball with a consistent stroke you can probably control.
 

Pitti

Rookie
I remember my first topspin lesson as a kid. After explaining us what it was, the coach made us “brush” the ball with our racquet finishing the stroke in the back. Whenever I want to spin a ball, I remember that and focus on taking the ball from the bottom and brush it upwards with the racquet.

I like to use an eastern grip for my forehand. If the ball comes really high I change it to a semiwestern.

Also, using topspin is good, but slightly overrated in my opinion. You don’t need a huge amount of it to play good tennis (although you can play great tennis with tons of it, like Rafa Nadal does).
 
Drop your racket before hitting the ball, this way you will get, after the drop, a down-to-top movement for free which will give you the spin. Coaches telling you you have to brush up the ball are bad coaches, yes you have to brush up the ball but they forget to tell you to drop your racket first. Aftet I discovered this I could hit short landed balls with high pace and spin into the corners.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
I think you'll likely fall if you do the closed stance for this. Your legs will be twisted together like a red liquorice.
lolololol man, just think abt simple walking, man. u shift ur weight center naturally n 2 legs 'driving in their own lane' w/o tripping urself................why tennsing urself up sososo much to twist ur legs:?))) saw a lot of 'coaches' n ytb vids they left their back leg behind or clearly 'driving in the same lane' of the front leg................gee, no wonder got tripped/twisted, manohman:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D...............
 
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tennishabit

Hall of Fame
Drop your racket before hitting the ball, this way you will get, after the drop, a down-to-top movement for free which will give you the spin. Coaches telling you you have to brush up the ball are bad coaches, yes you have to brush up the ball but they forget to tell you to drop your racket first. Aftet I discovered this I could hit short landed balls with high pace and spin into the corners.
focus on footwork/spacing 1st......................normally the developers dig a huge hole on the ground n get the foundation done b4 worrying which wall to hang the fancy painting @the top floor penthouse:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D....................
 
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Gyswandir

Semi-Pro
Stop your chest square to the target.

J
I know it isn’t really your style, but could you describe the sequence of your off hand, upper body and racquet hand, when hitting your FH until you reach this position?
Also, are you consciously stopping it (like trying to make that feel like the end of the swing) or is it a byproduct of the off hand being consciously pulled into the body (around chest/ shoulder height)?
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I know it isn’t really your style, but could you describe the sequence of your off hand, upper body and racquet hand, when hitting your FH until you reach this position?
Also, are you consciously stopping it (like trying to make that feel like the end of the swing) or is it a byproduct of the off hand being consciously pulled into the body (around chest/ shoulder height)?
Elbows up away from the body, off hand near or touching the racquet throat until the ball bounces, racquet tip above the hand, upper body turns, hips stay, hitting hand below the ball, open hips, everything uncoils, stop chest square to target, hand continues flying forward towards ball.

J
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
I have problem hitting the ball hard when it's close to the net. Normally by the time I get there the ball is below the net but not crazy low like ankle hight. What's the best form to not put the ball out from there but hit a fast shot.

Wind shield wiper FH? Rafa reverse finish FH?

Or is that the time I should be using a controlled slice down the line?
 

2ndServe

Professional
I have problem hitting the ball hard when it's close to the net. Normally by the time I get there the ball is below the net but not crazy low like ankle hight. What's the best form to not put the ball out from there but hit a fast shot.

Wind shield wiper FH? Rafa reverse finish FH?

Or is that the time I should be using a controlled slice down the line?
Problem with that is too much spin and net clearance means no court penetration and you’re getting passed or lobbed on your way to the net
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
So taking slice off the table what's the best way to hit those?

I'm facing this really annoying problem that since my FH has improved I'm getting these weak or miss hit backhands back which just trickle over the net. And this is costing me tight matches.

which is really frustrating because it feels like I was better but I'm still losing.

Now full credit to these guys they obviously have great defensive skills. They are just managing to scrape up balls which should be winners. and as we know good things happen when you make the other guy play one more ball.
 

Gyswandir

Semi-Pro
Elbows up away from the body, off hand near or touching the racquet throat until the ball bounces, racquet tip above the hand, upper body turns, hips stay, hitting hand below the ball, open hips, everything uncoils, stop chest square to target, hand continues flying forward towards ball.

J
Thanks Jolly. Does that mean you don’t lead the uncoiling with the off arm, all is uncoiling together? Is it essentially the torso driving the uncoiling after the hips have fired?
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks Jolly. Does that mean you don’t lead the uncoiling with the off arm, all is uncoiling together? Is it essentially the torso driving the uncoiling after the hips have fired?
You can push across with the off arm in the loading phase to get some extra stretch across the back but once you fire the hips it should naturally tuck in and get out of the way. I would only address the off arm in the swing phase if it was for some reason doing something whacky, but it rarely is, usually it's failure to open the chest or over rotation that's the issue.

J
 

Slicerman

Semi-Pro
I have problem hitting the ball hard when it's close to the net. Normally by the time I get there the ball is below the net but not crazy low like ankle hight. What's the best form to not put the ball out from there but hit a fast shot.

Wind shield wiper FH? Rafa reverse finish FH?

Or is that the time I should be using a controlled slice down the line?
Imo it depends, if you want to hit it deep to the baseline then use windshield wiper with little to no drive because there should already be forward momentum from you running forward. If you put too much drive on the ball that close and low to the net then there is a high chance to hit the net. On the other hand if you want to do a short and sharp angle (eg. service box corner) then a reverse FH might be suitable.

I think if the ball is lower than half height of the net and you're halfway inside the service box then you might have to resort to using slice and come from underneath the ball. Doesn't matter how good you are technically, a topspin shot will be too low percentage at this point. If the ball is pretty low there simply isn't enough space to drop your racquet below the bounce to make a topspin shot.
 

rkelley

Hall of Fame
any exercises or drills?
Fundamentally you are going to have to increase the amount you swing up (more technically increase the component of the swing that is perpendicular the ball's incoming path).

If you want a small increase then work on swinging more up with your current stroke.

If you want a large increase then you will need to change your basic swing to focus on swinging the edge of the racquet across the path of the ball. To get good pace and spin this will require generating more overall racquet head speed (rhs). If you swing mostly through the ball now it will feel really weird.

Anyone, at any age, can learn to do this. If you use a modern ATP stroke the forces on your body are actually pretty minimal for even a well hit ball with a lot of spin, but the timing is harder than swinging straight into the ball. Find a pro that understands what you want and can teach it (not necessarily that easy), or look for web based instruction if you're more of a dyi person. A place to start would be Lock and Roll tennis - I think his website is still up.

Good luck.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
any exercises or drills?
lololololol manohman, isn't the very thing 'rpm' itself an 'exercise or drill' already:?)))..............to me personally it's a very natural/simple byproduct of my addiction of daily hitting..........have u seen some very experienced smokers outside their office blowing huge/solid/beautiful circles 1 after another n 4 or 5 in a row drifting through each other:?)))..........the smell's killing me but visually it's just a miracle to me. no need to say it's a enjoyable artistic byproduct to them, lolololololol, man..............so enjoyable to them until lung cancer etcetc catch up w/ them:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:......................

simply hitting 1000x everyday u'll eventually feel the ball's 'slower n slower' inside ur hitting zone bcs ur swings'r getting faster n faster, n sososo fun to time/manipulate the ball inside ur hitting zone w/ different angle/pace/spin, super-duper enjoyable...............ofc if te/ge caught up w/ u b4 u getting there due to ur poor form, well......bad luck man:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D.......................

'just do it' niked/naked truth dat ain't be substituted by anything, luv it man:love::love::love::love::love::love::love:........................
 
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