Tips to hitting a strong Forearm
The forehand is one of the more dominant strokes in tennis. If you follow professional tennis on the TV at all then you will know that many of the top players win tons of points because they can dictate points with their forehand.
Federer and Nadal, the two best players in the world, both have great forehands with which they can run their opponent and hit winners.
There are three main areas of technique that you need to master in order to have a huge forehand: the grip, take back, and finish.
If you improve these areas, your forehand will take your game to the next level.
There are several variations on the forehand grip and you can use many of them and still have success. Nadal uses an extreme semi-western grip, which allows him to create massive amount of topspin.
Federer and Del Potro use more eastern grips which allows them to drive through the ball and flatten out their shots to hit line drives.
The grip I recommend is a more conventional semi-western grip. It is between the two previously mentioned grips, and it will allow you to have great variety with your forehand. You will be able to rip heavy spin and hit lasers low over the net. With this grip you can hit penetrating shots that will force your opponent to back up behind the baseline and to play defensively.
Your take back is very important, because if your take back is good your shot will be as well. You should separate your hands sooner than you think by taking the non-dominant hand off the racket and extending it toward the side fence and the net post. This will give you balance.
If you do not separate your hands at the correct moment, you will have trouble timing the ball and will hit many shots late.
Your finish is the most important part of your swing, because for the finish to be right the rest of the swing also has to be right. You should hold your finish after you have finished your shot, because it will help you with your consistency and create a smooth effortless swing on court.
There are several variations of the forehand finish. The kind of finish usually dictates what kind of ball that you will produce. If you finish with the racket out in front of your body straight up and down, it will help hit line drives low over the net.
If you finish by turning the hand after contact so that the strings face the side fence it will help you hit big spin. The last kind of finish is the buggy whip.
You will see pros such as Nadal use this shot a lot. Unfortunately lots of players who see Nadal use this shot only see the end and often use incorrect technique. In order to hit a correct buggy whip you have to extend out through the ball before wrapping over your head. This will ensure that you do not injure your shoulder by flailing around with the racket.
Also you should try and stop the racket over your head while you are learning the buggy whip. This will teach you how to drive through the ball with good technique.
Finally, it is very important that you catch your racket at the end of your swing. This will prevent unnecessary movement and will allow you to relax your hand when you swing. Relaxation is important in order to hit a high level forehand, because it frees up your arm to create maximum power.
If you improve in these three areas your forehand, will develop into the weapon you want it to be. You will be able to pressure your opponent, move them around the court, and hit winners. These three areas are the keys to having a world class forehand and if these areas are technically sound, you will be a feared by your opponent.
Once you have mastered your forehand, you will be the one dictating the points and forcing your opponent to be the one who is just trying to get the ball back in play.
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