Hitting too far out in front with the forehand?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by ace_pace, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. ace_pace

    ace_pace Rookie

    Nov 1, 2011
    I have this weird problem of sometimes hitting the ball with my forehand way too far out in front (I've been learning and using the pull style forehand similar to Fed/Nadal/Verdasco). Whenever I start playing tennis, the contact point gradually shifts more and more out in front rendering the stroke weak and out of control. Anyone else have this problem and what are the possible ways of of preventing and/or fixing this?
  2. sandiegoman

    sandiegoman Rookie

    Nov 14, 2010
    Try practicing with a wall and it's a good way to get rid of bad habits.
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Exactly, the wall and really remember to turn your shoulders, regardless of feetstance.
  4. dominikk1985

    dominikk1985 Legend

    Feb 11, 2011
    you should hit the ball out front but before you "run out of racket". you still want to square the ball up not hitting it with the tip of the racket:).

    in Baseball this hitting out front too far causes the bat to roll over or top the ball, which is why all Baseball coaches teach to let the ball travel deep (but not too much).
  5. Nellie

    Nellie Hall of Fame

    Oct 4, 2004
    If you try getting too loopy and brushing too much up at the ball, you can get the feeling of be too far in front. I especially see people get into this habit when they are not turning their shoulders to get that backhand side hand out front (e.g., hitting a reverse forehand). It is perfectly fine to have an open stance with your feet - you just can't have your shoulders open because you, then, cannot step into the shot, if needed to move forward to adjust to the ball.
  6. rkelley

    rkelley Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2010
    For me when I hit too far out front I hit too flat. The stroke is actually quite powerfull, but lacks sufficient spin to stay in usually. I tell my self to wait, just let the ball come to me. Even when someone is pounding it at you, as long as you're split stepping when then hit you usually have plenty of time to set up. I also try to focus on the desired contact point and keep my eyes on it when I swing.
  7. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    hold both hands on the racket until the ball bounces. Yes, wait until the ball bounces to start your swing. Take the racket head smothly and fairly slowly to the bottom of the ball. At or near contact, pull up, thru and across into WW finish accelerating thru contact.

    Read Oscar's Wegner's stuff about waiting on the ball. He advocates counting to 5 with 1 at bounce and 5 at contact. I think 5 count is too fast - he says it out loud pretty fast but it can be done.

    I sometimes think BOUNCE, 2, PULL with BOUNCE when ball hits court, 2 when I start my swing and PULL at contact. I can think or say these pretty smoothly and relaxed and still have plenty of time. I use a fairly compact loop to contact.

    Try this on a wall or ball machine or when just drilling. I don't think this much in matches - just a practice drill.

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