Please Critique my Forehand (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by latestgood, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. latestgood

    latestgood New User

    Dec 8, 2008
  2. ramos77

    ramos77 Semi-Pro

    Mar 19, 2012
    looks good dude

    the only thing I can pick up on is I think you're hitting the ball a little late.

    try take it out in front of you, hard to tell from this angle though
  3. Cheetah

    Cheetah Hall of Fame

    Mar 29, 2011
    San Diego
    No offense but... No, it doesn't look good at all. It looks terrible.

    Your swing path looks ok. That's it. The swing path is actually low on the list of priorities to hitting a good fh.

    You are off balance on every shot. Balance is priority #1. You need to move your feet correctly and efficiently to get set up in a stable balanced position before every swing. If I was standing next to you while you were practicing I could knock you over with a gentle push of my little finger.

    You need to move to the correct area, plant your feet, get your weight and body balanced and then swing. Only then can you create a consistent contact point. You are hitting every shot from a different contact point. You need to fix that habit/pattern. As it is now you would't be able to hit more than 1 shot in a row against a decent player.

    Look at Djoko practicing here. Notice how he moves his feet to get the position early, establishes good balance and meets the ball at the same contact point every time. He looks stable, relaxed, good posture, in control.
    If I was standing next to him I couldn't knock him over with both of my arms pushing on him hard.
  4. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    Practice, practice, practice.
    The fact that you are willing to go hit the backboard at night is very encouraging.

    Of course you need to learn the things Cheetah lists and many more details as you improve. What you need to do is be analytical and critical of yourself as you practice. What is working, what isn't, what new things can I try to see if they work, where's my contact point, when am I getting my racket back, etc.
    Every hit should be an attempt at improving, not just grooving bad habits.
  5. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Hall of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    It's not terrible as Cheetah said, but it is a problem.

    Your stance is too open. You'll miss your target too many times like that. Your balance shifts too much. Sometimes you're on your front foot, sometimes back. Mostly just that you're doing random things waist down. Waist up, things are fine.

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