Ball position and follow through

#1
All other things being equal if you try to hit the ball sooner must you also finish higher?

My son tends to have a low finish position (sw fh) and his instructor said he was late on his hit. Now he’s skimming the ball a little... thinking maybe he should now finish higher?
 
#2
I think it’s the opposite. If the ball is hit more in front you are swinging on a flatter plane and finishing lower. A buggy whip forehand like Nadal often hits finishes with the hand high, and contact is more to your side.

One of the online instructors has a good video on this if I can track it down.

Later would generally mean higher, but you don’t want to be late for the shot you’re trying to hit. The “modern forehand” is definitely hit out in front.
 
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#3
The more front you hit the ball, the more your arm is swinging up naturally, so the more late your contact is the more you are forced to swing up, for example when your really late on the ball you have to hit very vertical to get yourself out of trouble and hit the ball back, if you don't you won't get the ball over the net.
 

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All other things being equal if you try to hit the ball sooner must you also finish higher?

My son tends to have a low finish position (sw fh) and his instructor said he was late on his hit. Now he’s skimming the ball a little... thinking maybe he should now finish higher?
Follow through is result of how you began your swing and what you intended to do with the shot.

If he is swinging shallowly then the finish will look shallow as well as how the ball bounces, it will be flatter. If he swings fully then you will probably see higher finish and a more shaped ball with more spin.
You should post a video so we can really see what's off.

No, I don't think hitting the ball sooner means a higher finish, The issue is timing and coordination and probably trust/confidence in his strokes.
 
#6
hit the ball sooner must you also finish higher
I think it's actually the opposite. Players tend to finish higher when they're late on the ball. This is because once the ball gets too close to your body you have less space to hit through the ball.

The way you want to shape your shot is what determines your follow through.
 
#7
Follow through is result of how you began your swing and what you intended to do with the shot.

If he is swinging shallowly then the finish will look shallow as well as how the ball bounces, it will be flatter. If he swings fully then you will probably see higher finish and a more shaped ball with more spin.
You should post a video so we can really see what's off.

No, I don't think hitting the ball sooner means a higher finish, The issue is timing and coordination and probably trust/confidence in his strokes.

Here is a video: https://dartfi.sh/kr4Scfdzzr9 Go to 2:44, 4:43, 4:55 or 30:14 as random example of forehands. He is in the white. Note point at 15:40 was a tweener lol.
 
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