Working on your game with your tennis coach will obviously improve how you play, so will constant game time with your friends and tennis partners.
But you can always augment this with tips and advice from advanced players. In this blog we concentrate on some tips and tennis tricks to aid your forehand.
The first thing to remember is to master the basics first before trying to copy the forehands of professional players.
Finish With Knuckles By Left Ear
A common mistake with many players when they play a forehand shot is that they slap the ball with their wrist a lot. The key to a good forehand is a laid-back wrist position.
This type of technique is in an effort to bring power and acceleration into the shot. However, this is not easy to perfect and takes a great deal of coordination.
For most recreational players, the goal is to hit a clean shot first and foremost before worrying about maximum racket acceleration.
A tip for doing this is to finish your forehand shot with your knuckles by your left ear. This makes sure that you do not break the wrist forward around contact.
Keep Your Eyes At The Hilt
Another big mistake that is common with forehand shots is that players tend to over-rotate with their upper bodies. Perhaps this is an effort to copy the pro’s who often use this technique, but do so at the correct time and are also facing different types of balls.
Some players seem to be forcefully pull their bodies around which will result in poor shots. To compensate for this try and keep the eyes at the contact point longer. If you keep your focus there it will help to stop you rotating too much and too early and will force you to finish the shot with a much better body position.
Develop A Long Hitting Zone
Many players pull their rackets over to the left side of the body too early which results in a short hitting zone.
Looking at the pros it looks as though they are pulling their rackets over to the left side of their bodies. But if you watch them carefully you can see that the racket moves forward and upward around contact, which is the only way possible from a physical standpoint to hit the ball deep and with plenty of topspin.
What is occurring here is that the pros swing really fast and the racket is going over to the left side of the body is only a result of really fast racket speeds. It happens after the ball has left the strings.
Try these tips out in practice and see how your forehand improves, keep on practicing the basics and don’t try to become a pro too early.