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How to develop a good tennis forehand

Tennis Forehand and Racquet Design

When tennis rackets were primarily made out of wood they would break easily. Consequently a player was often limited to the amount of power and topspin they could put on a ball. New racket designs have allowed the player to hit the ball in a more powerful and controlled way. As a result the tennis forehand has evolved considerably alongside the development of the bigger, lighter, and stiffer rackets.

How to Hit a Solid Forehand

To develop a good tennis forehand you need to practice the basics until they become second nature. Don’t worry if at first you are overtly conscious of all the different element that go into executing the stroke, with practice and patience you’ll soon be hitting a feared and ferocious forehand like Andre Aggassi himself.

Concentrate and use your Feet

The instant the ball leaves your opponent’s racket, fix it with your eyes and retain focus to evaluate its direction, speed, and angle of approach. Ideally you will want to hit the ball with the centre of your racquet (known as the sweet spot) to make your swing more powerful. If the ball is short, step forward, if the ball is long, step back. If the ball is going to land where you are, stay put. Footwork is crucial to improve your forehand swing. It is the foundation for your strokes. If the ball is too close or too far from your body, their will be a reduction in the power of the swing. Two or three feet to the side of the player’s body is the ideal strike zone. Anticipate where the ball is going to land and go for it.

The Forehand Swing

Always remember when you are running around the court to keep your racquet held back in preparation for the forehand swing. Establish a sideways stance and in a fluid and powerful motion drive at the ball, making sure the face of your racquet is square to the ball at contact. If you follow these steps and practice, practice, practice, you’ll be dominating the courts in next to no time.

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