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What are the keys to a good forehand?

Please any tennis experts here?

well right now I'm not working with my coach so I'm on my own. My forehand is my weak shot and im trying to improve it. about 6 months ago it was really bad and now its really good inconsistent at times and I lose confidence in it when I miss a few shots. My friend said that I'm more relaxed on my backhand and it will always be better then my forehand but I want my forehand to be a weapon cause you need a big forehand to make it in tennis.

so any tips? usally my FH's go long when I miss them

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I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand. It's such natural motion to the human body. When ppl start playing tennis, they dont have anything but a forehand. That being said, it's kind of hard to tell you what you do wrong without seeing your fh.
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I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand.

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I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand. It's such natural motion to the human body. When ppl start playing tennis, they dont have anything but a forehand. That being said, it's kind of hard to tell you what you do wrong without seeing your fh.
well alright Mr. Federer.

What helped me is the idea of keeping my head down. Don't look at where you wanted the ball to go. Keep you head and your eyes fixed on the point of contact the entire time. Atleast for me, it recquires a lot of focus to do that everytime.
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but it works...

also, I find that it helps to keep your arm really loose- like Venus
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Please any tennis experts here?

well right now I'm not working with my coach so I'm on my own. My forehand is my weak shot and im trying to improve it. about 6 months ago it was really bad and now its really good inconsistent at times and I lose confidence in it when I miss a few shots. My friend said that I'm more relaxed on my backhand and it will always be better then my forehand but I want my forehand to be a weapon cause you need a big forehand to make it in tennis.

so any tips? usally my FH's go long when I miss them
If your forehands are going long, it means that you are not closing the face of the racquet enough as you complete the stroke. The harder you hit the ball, the faster you have to close the face of the racquet. Closing the face of the racquet involves turning the face of the racquet down or over so it is no longer exposed to the net.

You have to experiment with the stroke to see how fast you can hit the ball without hitting it out. If you want to take your forehand to the next level, this will involve increasing your ability to control the face of the racquet as you make contact with the ball.

There are a lot of things you can do with the face of the racquet upon contact to gain more control of the ball. I won't confuse you by describing these techniques. You can see for yourself what they are. On youtube, you can find clips of Nadal, Federer, and Steffi Graf hitting forehands. Pay attention to what the racquet face is doing on each of their forehands. Some of it is just virtuosity, but there is still a lot you can learn and apply to your own stroke production.

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A general thing to think about is try to get a lot of racket speed acceleration on the ball and put spin on it.

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Oh its possible believe me.
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Can anyone help me with my backhand? I cannot get hit through the ball to save my life except once in a while when I'm being fed balls. I used to have a nice backhand too last year but then I didn't play for a month and my timing got all messed up and I changed my technique and I have no idea how to hit it anymore.

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I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand. It's such natural motion to the human body. When ppl start playing tennis, they dont have anything but a forehand. That being said, it's kind of hard to tell you what you do wrong without seeing your fh.
When my brother first started playing tennis all he ever did was hit backhands. You know how normally people serve with their forehand, my brother would do it with his backhand. For some, one side is naturally easier than the other.

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Can anyone help me with my backhand? I cannot get hit through the ball to save my life except once in a while when I'm being fed balls. I used to have a nice backhand too last year but then I didn't play for a month and my timing got all messed up and I changed my technique and I have no idea how to hit it anymore.

Do you hit open stance or closed?
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Can anyone help me with my backhand? I cannot get hit through the ball to save my life except once in a while when I'm being fed balls. I used to have a nice backhand too last year but then I didn't play for a month and my timing got all messed up and I changed my technique and I have no idea how to hit it anymore.
make sure that you are extending all the way through, and foward. also, make sure that you are turning your shoulders
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Do you hit open stance or closed?
I prefer closed. Although sometimes I do open.

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Whatever you do, do not copy Ana.

Serena. Simona. Ana. Petra. Venus.
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