The forehand is the most widely used stroke int he game of tennis - and for good reason!
A smooth, powerful, accurate and reliable forehand is the foundation of any good tennis player's game.
Where to start?
At the beginning, where else?
We need to have a clear understanding, first and foremost, of where in relation to our body we must be striking the ball.
Without a clear understanding of this, all our other efforts are doomed to failure, as our contact point will dictate our grip, stance, timing, power and accuracy!
So without further ado...let us start the journey toward forehand mastery!
Key Points of Video 1:
Contact Zone (where we need to be striking the ball)
We need to be striking the ball out in front of, as opposed to the side of our body.
- Hitting on the side of our body (aka 'late') causes us to engage the arm prematurely, as well as causing the arm to power the shot in an inefficient and inaccurate manner (it also leads to tennis elbow - no fun there).
- Contacting the ball out in front (aka 'early') allows us to use our opponent's pace against him.
- It allows us to 'see' the ball better, as we don't have to chase the ball with our eyes to the side of our body.
- By holding the racket with the proper grip (covered in video 2)