Slap Forehand

#1
You often see players like Kyrgios and Monfils hit this shot for a little showboating when they want to end points. They "slap" at the ball with what looks like an almost straight forward racket path and the ball goes flying at like 110+ mph. Besides the insane racket head speed they generate, is there some technique they use to do this? It looks like all players who do it once in a while seem to use some similar motion.
 
#7
They put their energy into getting maximum ball speed as opposed to dividing it between spin and speed. A flat swing path, as you mentioned. Kyrgios hit a good one against Wawrinka in Toronto
 

Nostradamus

Talk Tennis Guru
#9
You often see players like Kyrgios and Monfils hit this shot for a little showboating when they want to end points. They "slap" at the ball with what looks like an almost straight forward racket path and the ball goes flying at like 110+ mph. Besides the insane racket head speed they generate, is there some technique they use to do this? It looks like all players who do it once in a while seem to use some similar motion.
it is really fun only shot, nothing more. you have to jump and get on top of the ball to get decent topspin or otherwise your ball will sail. it is Same motion as traditional forehand but you jump up and slap the ball with topspin for show. make sure you get on top of the ball.

 
#11
it is really fun only shot, nothing more. you have to jump and get on top of the ball to get decent topspin or otherwise your ball will sail. it is Same motion as traditional forehand but you jump up and slap the ball with topspin for show. make sure you get on top of the ball.

I do this from time to time for fun--no topspin needed. You can only do these generally when the ball is fairly high over the net but short.

All you need to do is flatten the shot and aim down into the court (assuming you're going for the Monfils / Kyrgios jumping forehand slap shot).

If you somehow need topspin to clear the net, then you're doing it wrong.
 
#12
That Kyrios shot actually had some topspin. Generally though that massive fh shot is just the same form as any pro fh except instead of swinging the edge of the racquet across the ball's path for topspin the player is swinging straight into the ball's path.

Shows how hard those dudes are swinging.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
#13
High to low (net being guide level), flat on the peak, just need the right ball. They would do it everytime if they could

You take away their opportunity to hit these shots by making yours better. With nick and the others, their previous shot is so big, it creates that opportunity. Need footwork to get in position as well.
 
#14
High to low (net being guide level), flat on the peak, just need the right ball. They would do it everytime if they could

You take away their opportunity to hit these shots by making yours better. With nick and the others, their previous shot is so big, it creates that opportunity. Need footwork to get in position as well.
This , plus if you look at the kyrgios particular one , he also had the momentum created by him bodyweight as he could run onto the shot, running forehands are almost always bigger and ier to hit flatter etc.

From a standing position I can only really think on monfils, delpo and verdasco maybe thiem and wawrinka who can generate such pace
 
#15
The closest would be probably a table tennis smash

You have a pretty level and linear swing path back to front and hit through the ball with a slightly closed racket face. You can do it but I wouldn't worry about it too much because it is a low percentage shot for rec players. Better is to hit a regular topspin. It has a little less velocity but you can still hit it hard and if you place it well it should be enough for a winner.
 
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