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How do you execute a tennis forehand?

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By Laura Chan

MASTER YOUR TENNIS TECHNIQUE (1): FOREHAND

The tennis forehand is the first shot to add to any player’s portfolio of tennis techniques. It is an essential move that allows you to keep a game going and score some serious points from the baseline.

Step 1: Preparation

Getting in proper position is the most important element of any forehand. It sets the foundation for good footwork and racket preparation which gives you the power, control and balance to produce an excellent forehand.

Keep on your toes and pivot your foot in the direction the ball is coming towards you. This allows for quick movement to get to the ball which is crucial for a properly timed backswing. Get into a proper stance once you have reached the desired position. With knees slightly bent, shoulders turned sideways, left hand stretched out in front of you, your racket should be behind your body in position for the backswing.

Step 2: Backswing

Take your racket back with your elbow close to your body. Your left shoulder should be facing the net with arm out for balance, leaning slightly on your back leg preparing to shift the weight to the front. While looping your racket in a circular motion, move your weight onto the front leg and load your body for power to hit the ball. 

Step 3: Swing and contact

Gripping your racket tightly, keep your eye on the ball and turn your body towards its direction. Locking your elbow, continue looping the racket to the level of the ball, bending your front leg slightly. For a flat shot, keep your racket face straight as your ball contacts the sweet spot on the racket face. For topspin, close your racket face slightly and brush the ball to give it a good speed or defend against faster shots.  

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Step 4: Follow through

After contact, continue keep your head down and move your racket in the direction you want the ball to travel towards. This helps you to keep your balance for the transition onto your next shot. Finish your follow through by keeping your arm relaxed and ensuring your racket is completely past your shoulder.


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