jumping on groundies

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by lendl lives, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

    Feb 23, 2004
    i looked at some pics of my fh yesterday and i am way off the ground. i notice one shot i can have tendency to get nervous on is the sitting forehand. it should be the easiest shot in the world. but sometimes my mind starts racing as i'm waiting and waiting for it. if i miss it tends to be into the top of the net. two people have told me i'm 'jumping up' before i hit the ball. (timing issue?). i have photos of me in the air where i know it was good shot so leaving the ground in itself isn't the problem. anyone else out there ever duff a sitting fh?
  2. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Just a guess, but maybe you are straightening your knees too early and not using your body weight to help you hit up through the ball. If so, then you are mainly just "arming" the ball without any real weight behind the shot. Straightening up early may also be affecting your swing path, so that you are not hitting up from below the ball.
  3. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    It is a timing issue and a swing path issue. Swing flatter and get the ball about shoulder high, if you jump while the ball is lower, you will smoother it.

    For short balls, I use the wiper technique. My racquet face is slightly closed. I have very little forward movement from my arm. As I move forward, I time the ball to about shoulder hieght and swipe up it (windshield wipe it) the closed face brings it down, the very little forward swing ensures it stays in the court. The topspin allows it to rise up and then crash down in the court.

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