When hitting a forehand it is important to rotate the body as you hit. Keeping the hips sideways will force you to hit solely with the arm – losing power and control.
A common mistake at the club level is to lock the wrist when hitting a forehand and swinging from the shoulder. In order to hit an effective shot, the wrist joint has to remain loose through the swing. Ideally, he wrist opens on the backswing and lags on the forward swing allowing it to springs explosively forwards through contact.
The wrist plays a very important role on the forehand groundstroke. It allows you to make contact in front of the body and helps you generate racquet head speed. A common problem is holding the racquet too tightly and therefore blocking any wrist movement. This video will explore the idle movement of the wrist on the forehand.
The non-dominant arm is very important on the forehand. It provides balance and it allows the shoulders to rotate properly. Let’s take a look at how it should be used.
The forearm is a very important part of the swing on the forehand. Spin and acceleration depend on the correct use of this segment during the swing. As the arm moves towards the ball, the forearm rotates explosively to generate spin and speed. Let’s take a look.
When hitting a forehand make sure you finish your shot before recovering.
Keep the backswing simple when hitting a forehand by rotating the upper body. Do not use your arm to take the racquet back.
One of the most common mistakes is to hit the ball late. Catching the ball in front of the body is the first step towards a solid technique.
The open stance allows for more rotation of the trunk and therefore more power. The closed stance keeps the swing in the direction of the shot, enhancing control.
Players should feel comfortable hitting with open and closed stances but should avoid stepping across.