Forehands Sitting on a Swiss Ball

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The player sits on a Swiss ball and hits forehands. The coach feeds. The drill will force the player to stabilize the lower body and generate pace from the upper body. The coach should make sure that the player’s torso is erect and that the shoulders are level. This is a very useful drill in situations where the player has …

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The Shoulder Level Shot

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The shoulder level shot is used to attack a high ball from the opponent. The idea is to hit it hard and with little topspin. Technically, the player will prepare high, setting the racquet at the shoulder level. From there the racquet will come around hitting through the ball with little spin. Ideally, the contact point should be between chest …

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The Off the Bounce Shot

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Sometimes during a point you will be forced into a situation where you do not have time to back up and will have to take the ball right off the bounce. In these situations the most important thing is to shorten your backswing as much as possible, stay low and stable and catch the ball in front of the body.

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The Dipping Shot

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The dipping shot is hit with a great deal of topspin, low over the net and short. It is used for passing shots, angles, and approach shots. In order to hit a solid dipping shot you need to accelerate the racquet head with the forearm and use a very short follow through.

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Rotate into the Shot to Hit a Solid Forehand

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A very common mistake on the forehand is to turn sideways and then swing only with the arm, keeping your body sideways. Ideally you need to use the whole body to swing. Rotate the hips and torso during your backswing and then uncoil into your swing.

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Keep your Backswing Simple for a Better Forehand

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Ideally you want to line up the strings behind the ball in your forehand backswing. The less the racquet head has to move in your forward swing the better. Make sure you use a simple backswing to improve your consistency. Opening the racquet in the back or closing it too much will lead to an inconsistent stroke.

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Use Figure 8 Swings to Understand How to Swing More Efficiently

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Many players tend to force the racquet instead of swinging it. Here is a great exercise using figure 8 swings to help you understand the concept of swinging vs pushing.

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Forehand Finish – Use the Elbow as Guideline

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A solid forehand uses the whole body and a loose arm. A common mistake is to swing only with the forearm to generate topspin. A better swing will let the whole arm move through the shot. Finishing with the elbow in front of your chest is a good is a good sign that the arm is being used correctly.

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