Racquet Face Opening

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Owfred, May 7, 2007.

  1. Owfred

    Owfred Rookie

    Aug 9, 2005

    On my forehand, I think my racquet face occasionally opens on contact, making my balls sail long. Most of my shots are acceptable when I am in a baseline rally, but whenever the balls become slow or bounce up high, I hit them and the ball flies high and has much less topspin than I expect. I believe this is due to the fact that I unconciously open my racquet face. Most of my shots on these slower, high bouncing balls tend to land really close to the baseline, and I have trouble hitting them shorter for more margin of error.

    What is the best way to work on keeping the racquet face perpendicular/closed on contact? Should I take a look at my takeback?

  2. ferocious4hand

    ferocious4hand Semi-Pro

    Nov 16, 2006
    try wrist-assist, it trains you to hit at opitmal angle every time thus elimates opening up your racquet face
  3. The_1337

    The_1337 New User

    May 5, 2007
    i usually look over at my racquet. i would also try looking at the racquet when there is no ball and just swinging until you can close the face without thinking.
  4. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

    Oct 20, 2006
    My similar forehand malady happens when I pull myself up and out of the stroke as I swing. It's as if I'm trying to make topspin by lifting my chest, but it also lifts the racquet face. I need to stay down and drive myself forward through the shot, but I also need to make contact out front where the racquet is in the low-to-high portion of its motion.

    A higher bouncing ball requires me to take a higher backswing, but I still need to keep my chest from pointing up at the sky as I swing. I usually need to take my grip a little beyond an eastern grip, too so that the racquet face doesn't open. It's a small leap of faith, but you might find the right grip for that shot if you go a little more toward western when you practice and swing comfortably at that higher ball.
  5. 10s talk

    10s talk Semi-Pro

    Apr 23, 2007
    try a closed backswing (palm down)

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