curving forehands?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by newbie123, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. newbie123

    newbie123 Rookie

    Mar 24, 2004
    Occasionally when I hit my forehand down the line...the ball will curvely slightly to the left while it is in the air, though once the ball hits the ground it does not spin off to the left or anything.....I guess it isnt bad since it throws off my opponent a little. This usually only occurs when I'm attempting to hit a deep,low, heavy topspin forehand. Am I not hitting the ball correctly from the 6 to 12 o'clock?
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Not sure if you are a righty, but I'm guessing that you are coming across the ball (imparting left to right spin) too much? Maybe you're opening up to early.

    I often get some sidespin when I'm on the run, but this is left to right spin, and it can be very helpful when you want to pass up the line--you can curve the ball into the court. The spin is usually at about 2 o'clock instead of 12. Its hard to curve your forehand into the court on high balls though. On those I typically get some reverse spin (e.g., 10 o'clock), but its really not intentional.
  3. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Sometimes it looks like pros actually curve their passing shots around the net player when going down the line and then getting their shots to hook back in. I can hook my forehand topspin a little and have seen others do the same. My forehand slices, I can curve out to the right several feet especially if the wind is blowing in on them. I would say the swing is more 5-11 that causes this hook so hitting 6-12 should correct it if that is what you prefer. Your opponent might not like adjusting to the hook though so it might be more effective to keep the shot since it helps provide safety by hooking back into the court instead of going wide.

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