jumping on forehand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Jay Welvaert, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. Jay Welvaert

    Jay Welvaert New User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Hi, is there any advantages/ disadvantages to jumping on your forehand. My friends tell me to keep on the ground when I hit my forehand but I cant. I dont think that its bad because almost all the pros do it aka roddick.

    Thanks, Jay
  2. Plawan

    Plawan New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    Advantages: intimidation (perceptably more powerful), high leverage, put body weight into the shot (can also be done without jumping but not always).

    Disadvantages: No chance to take small steps to adjust to the ball position changed by wind or spin, take longer to regain balance (have to go for winner), expend energy that should reserve, risk injury with impact to ground.
  3. jayserinos99

    jayserinos99 Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    Jay, I think jumping is just a result of exploding into the ball after you load your power from your legs. IMO, as long as you have your legs loaded and ready to spring into your shot, you should be fine.
  4. kreative

    kreative Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    most non-pros that jump on their shots (at least most of the ones i've played against) tend to have less pace on the ball than when they stay grounded. i think you tend to be more stable if you keep your feet on the ground, and are more consistent than if you "jump" on your shots. pros practice day in and day out for hours, and have a mastery on their shots and timing. the "jump" is their explosion into the shot giving them more leverage and power.
  5. eggnog

    eggnog New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    It depends on what grip you use. this jumping up is a result of coiling up and then your body going in the same general direction of your follow through and is mostly seen in SW and W forehand. You don't see people with continental forehands doing this leaving the ground with their forehands, a la McEnroe. Connors with his eastern forehand hardly did this either.
  6. Matt H.

    Matt H. Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    well, to me, it's FUN.

    my favorite shot is when my opponent gives me a midcourt or floating type put-away ball that's on my forehand side. I run, and leap off with my back foot (right foot, cuz i'm a lefty) and hit a huge forehand while scissoring my legs in mid air. kinda tough to explain in words, but it's an awesome shot. Sure, it's not technically sound or should be recommended, but i find it fun, it pumps me up, and it leaves the opponent a tad bit intimidated after hitting one for a winner, especially if it's early and we've never played before.
  7. Nosoupforyou

    Nosoupforyou Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    jumping should come naturally, you should not be consciously trying to do it, it will mess up your timing
  8. djbrown

    djbrown Rookie

    Feb 23, 2004
    I would agree with those that say it should come naturally, and not forced. Load up on the back hip and transfer you weight and energy up and out towards the ball and you'll naturally 'jump' as you transfer your energy to the supporting leg during the follow thru.
  9. Thunnus

    Thunnus Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    Trying to copy old long-haired Agassi's jumping forehand did have some major negative effect on my game for several years. Don't jump for the jumping's sake.
  10. mattlikovich

    mattlikovich Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    Dont jump dont jump!!!!
    I have tried did it at my last tournament and didnt do well. the next day at my practice i stayed grounded and was hitting harder and better placed forehands everywehre. Stay on the ground, get in postion, get high racquet speed and keep ur feet planted, weight transfer to first foot.

  11. Off The Wall

    Off The Wall Semi-Pro

    Jun 11, 2007
    Just say no

    Don't jump. To generate the power you want, you jump up and swing with wild abandon. You can't control the ball.

    Instead, try moving through your shots. Your body weight will provide the power, which allows you to slow down your swing for better control.
  12. Slazenger

    Slazenger Professional

    Nov 1, 2005
    If you are doing this correctly, it is the momentum that takes you off the ground, not you jumping.

    If I understand you correctly, you run forward for this mid court ball but rather than stop and set up to then hit the put away, you run forward, plant and load up on your right foot, move forward into your put away which will lift you off the ground, and then land on your left foot.
  13. krz

    krz Professional

    May 23, 2007
    Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made
    Sometimes I come up naturally due to just the twisting of my hips and unbending of the legs.

    I also jump on high balls because its damn hard to not leave a shoulder high forehand short without just moonballing it back.

    And on short high balls it really lets me flatten out my forehand with more margin for error.
  14. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    This was my answer to another post about jumping during a 2hbh-- the answer is basically the same.

    Mainly people jump because they like the feel of leaping trout-like into the air. There have been NUMEROUS post on this topic.

    Simple laws of physics show us that having a stable platform to create thrust is the way to go. Hitting while jumping is a bit like trying to throw a ball while standing in a canoe- force, equal and opposite reactions and all that.

    Now, having said that, there may be times when you can jump without people thinking you are sacrificing good play for showmanship.

    An overhead, just out of reach-- jump up and pound it back.

    Because you desire the feel of leaping, itself, to pump you up and send a message to the opponent that you have energy to spare.

    The last shot of the match- you combine a put-away shot with a victory leap.

    Well, that's all I can think of.

    As far as the 2hbh, when the ball is high, using one hand, stepping back, or even stepping into the shot would be technically better than leaping and losing your footing.

    Added note: Yes, some pros do jump, but watch Federer and hit footwork during groundstrokes-- very little wasted motion.

    Good luck,

  15. The Gorilla

    The Gorilla Banned

    Nov 21, 2006
    I personally think it stems from the ''sit, lift and hit ' teaching tool.

    As people apply more effort to the shot they also apply more effort this now unnecessary component of it.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2007
  16. boojay

    boojay Hall of Fame

    Jul 22, 2006
    The Pillars of Creation
    i think "jumping" is fine if it's done correctly, however, the timing needs to be impeccable as you only have a small window of opportunity where the lifting actually aids you. I agree with all the descriptions of a person lifting rather than jumping into a shot. I've seen some guys who jump and then hit and that takes away a lot of power, but if timed properly, you can blast some pretty wicked shots.
  17. mucat

    mucat Hall of Fame

    Aug 9, 2004
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