Forehand advice-power.

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by amit_ace, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. amit_ace

    amit_ace New User

    Feb 24, 2005
    I have an open stance...
    There is a talk somewhere in BB which says stay low through the shot..what does that mean..and what to do when ball is high...

    Also do u try to accelerate using forearm when racquet nears the point of a serve..or its just shoulder rotation and follow thru..

    I dont follow thru completely..could that lead to loss of power?

    Please advise on all these points..
  2. Noveson

    Noveson Hall of Fame

    Feb 27, 2006
    Stay low means keep knees bent and racquet under the ball before contact. It helps you explode more into the ball and get more spin. When the ball is high I usually find myself doing a slight jump and doing an around the shoulder kind of swing. A lack of follow thru definitely could lead to less power. Why don't you follow through? It might be something wrong with your swing.
  3. andyroddick's mojo

    andyroddick's mojo Professional

    Jan 2, 2006
    stay low also means don't jump too early. People who tend to extend their knees before hitting the ball tend to have very loopy shots, and often less power.
  4. OK.

    OK. Guest

    Follow through is important..... if you see federers forehand, the follow through is huge, his forehand is almost like a 'sling shot'.....

    Check out this video- :D
  5. pNoyr3D

    pNoyr3D Professional

    Sep 9, 2006
    Illinois, USA
    I agree with you, follow through is important. Nice video BTW.

    Anyways, like the other people said, if you want to get more power start bending your knees more and than explode to the ball. You'll see a difference in power.

    If a high ball has been hit to me I usually jump and hit the ball, it adds a great amount of power.
  6. JCo872

    JCo872 Professional

    Aug 23, 2004
    I think you have figured it out! You have to push through (and up) the ball at least several inches to properly get your weight through the ball. See this link:

    Here is what the pro forehand looks like after contact:

    See how the racket continues to face the net? If you try to prontate over the ball on contact you will not hit through the ball properly.
  7. c00ld0gg

    c00ld0gg Guest

    If you pronate through the ball, wouldn't that add more topspin for Eastern Forehand users? I just finished reading a thread about Federer's forehand that people mentioned how he pronated through the ball like a serve. :confused:
  8. looseswing

    looseswing Professional

    Apr 30, 2006
    Garden State
    Would you mind posting a link to that thread?
  9. tricky

    tricky Hall of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    One and the same, really. A complete follow through, with a laid-back wrist, should facilitate forearm acceleration through the contact zone.
    Note that the follow through itself should be a reflection of stepping into the shot. And that stepping into the shot is more than just going forward into the ball, but modulating your open stance against the trajectory of the incoming ball. Meaning, you need to pick up as early as possible, the angle of the incoming shot and then half-step the left foot into that angle at less than 90 degrees angle.

    Once you do that, then everything else -- the bending of the knees, the rotational momentum, as well as the forward swing comes into play. When you don't account for the trajectory early enough when setting up your feet, then you don't have a smooth kinetic chain with the above stuff (or you plain miss the ball.) With that smooth transfer, you can't hit the ball hard without "arming" it. And when you "arm" the ball, you actually aren't accelerating into the contact zone anymore.

    Yeah I think that's stilll a point of debate though. TP people think he (and most players) do a doorknob motion to generate the topspin. That is, the wrist-forearm angle remains the same. True pronation would be where the wrist moves from 90 degrees to just beyond parallel with the forearm.
  10. Ryoma

    Ryoma Rookie

    Jul 25, 2004
    Pronating through the ball? Where can I find the link to the thread?
  11. amit_ace

    amit_ace New User

    Feb 24, 2005
    Do I need to accelerate using forearm

    During the forehand once the racquet (in forward part of the swing) nears the plane of the body do i just try to go with built momentum..shoulder turn..forward weight transfer etc etc..or do I try to increase head speed of racquet using my forearm...I did that once and the shot went like bullet...but dont know whether this is correct technique and will be applicable to all forehand shots...someone throw some light..

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