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Aaron.
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:09 AM
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

Dominic
Jan 8th, 2009, 03:59 AM
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.

LDVTennis
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:13 AM
I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand.

:help:

supergrunt
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:26 AM
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. :sad:

supergrunt
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:28 AM
but it works...

also, I find that it helps to keep your arm really loose- like Venus

LDVTennis
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:35 AM
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.

LoveFifteen
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:54 AM
I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand.


:unsure:

ninanina19
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:09 AM
A general thing to think about is try to get a lot of racket speed acceleration on the ball and put spin on it.

mirzalover
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:15 AM
I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand.


Oh its possible believe me.

ninanina19
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:15 AM
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.

ninanina19
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:17 AM
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.

mirzalover
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:20 AM
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?

supergrunt
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:23 AM
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. :D also, make sure that you are turning your shoulders

ninanina19
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:29 AM
Do you hit open stance or closed?
I prefer closed. Although sometimes I do open.

tennisbear7
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:36 AM
Whatever you do, do not copy Ana. :help:

shoparound
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:20 AM
For the forehand remember to have the backswing prepared and hit the ball on the rise. Start with the rackethead closed and open it as you swing, trying to topspin the ball. Follow through the shot and end with with the rackethead on your shoulder for the full finish.

Slutiana
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:24 AM
Go and watch some Tatiana videos. :D

justine schnyder
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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
first of all, hit the ball infront of yur body, not late to the shot, and make room for the ball (footwork), also finish the shot above your shoulder, don't take the racquet down
later, it depends how you hit it, with more topspin, or flatter.. If you hit it flatter so you need to "lock" your wrist.

Aaron.
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:31 PM
A general thing to think about is try to get a lot of racket speed acceleration on the ball and put spin on it. Thanks but its so hard to keep stroking with full acceleration after you miss a few but I guess i'll just keep on stroking.

Yeah my head pops up a bit which is probally why they go long everyonce in a while I have a closed stance FH but hit it open when I dont have enough time to set up

woosey
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:35 PM
i once had a coach the told me the backhand is sometimes more natural. had something to do with writing backwards.

Conor
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:36 PM
Try mid-court drills with a double handed forehand then take one hand off when you feel comfortable, thats what I done :lol: Although I decided to stick with the 2 hands. I'd avoid putting on any sort of spin for starters, especially if you have a big swing.

Aaron.
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Also maybe its because when I play I think about it too much my coach said that too. I need to just stop thinking and hit it

V's a star
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:44 PM
my BH is great but my FH can sumtimes jus go off :( basically wat ive been told is; keep ur head down, arm very loose and rely accelerate through the ball n follow throught up around ur shoulder, my problem is i like to follow thro up around my head ala Venus 2004 :help: if u do that u lose the acceleration and often can lead to pulling up, it jus feels more natural to me but rely doesnt help unless ur on defense. Also foot work is very key pitcularly on the FH i often strugle to hit my FH DTL cuz i jus cant get my feet rite:o

Ohh this is sumthin i forgot always point ur hand or arm (one wit no racket) at the ball wen preparing to hit the FH that way u 4 shur will have a better backswing and rotaion thro the shot

Tennisstar86
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:05 AM
confidence..... stepping into the shot and following through the motion. most of the times if I'm hitting long, its because i try to hold back and keep the ball in play, its best to just swing through your stroke. Dont have to blast it, just keep it fluid.

Thats pretty much the same with every shot.....

If your having issues though bending your knees more also helps with the distance (though bending for every shot can be a bit extra tiring...

Tennisstar86
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:12 AM
i once had a coach the told me the backhand is sometimes more natural. had something to do with writing backwards.

Well, if you dont have a backhand of course its gonna seem like the hardest shot to figure out, but once you get it, it really is the easiest IMO....

Speaking from experience the backhand took me years to become a weapon, while the forehand has been my goto shot since highschool, but now that i have the backhand, ive noticed that its more dependable in long rallies. More control with 2 hands, i guess? lol

croat123
Jan 9th, 2009, 01:33 AM
It would be helpful if you took a video of a forehand and put it on youtube.

Mackep83
Jan 9th, 2009, 01:46 AM
like someone else said, hit the ball in frong of your body and dont hit it to hard. And you upperbody should be infront of your feets. If you do that, I am sure you will hit a great forehand

Dominic
Jan 9th, 2009, 01:50 AM
i once had a coach the told me the backhand is sometimes more natural. had something to do with writing backwards.

He is crazy.

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:43 PM
I played again with my hitting partner lost 2-6 :sad: FH Was all over the place again...after I missed a few I was scared to hit it most of them went long by a few..


someoen help me :sobbing:
I need tips on the FH like some things I remember when im hitting it

ninanina19
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:45 PM
You need to post a video.

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Just general tips though..

I think next time I will bend my knees and move my feet more

Demska
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:01 PM
I have to admit, I copied Elena's FH technique quite a lot. Of course it's not identical, but I use her take back motion and hit is very hard and flat. It's my best shot and I can hit many winners off it.

Mina Vagante
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:02 PM
I have to admit, I copied Elena's FH technique quite a lot. Of course it's not identical, but I use her take back motion and hit is very hard and flat. It's my best shot and I can hit many winners off it.

Your serve must be real bad then :p

Demska
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Your serve must be real bad then :p

No, I didn't say GAME, I said FOREHAND :weirdo:

Mina Vagante
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:06 PM
No, I didn't say GAME, I said FOREHAND :weirdo:

I didnt say game either . I said SERVE .

But whatever :dance:

Demska
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:07 PM
I didnt say game either . I said SERVE .

But whatever :dance:

Why did you say serve though? I made no reference to any other part of her game. :weirdo:

Mina Vagante
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Why did you say serve though? I made no reference to any other part of her game. :weirdo:

I just thought if you copied her forehand, you copy her serve.

You act as if shes a goddess so why not.

ninanina19
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I have to admit, I copied Elena's FH technique quite a lot. Of course it's not identical, but I use her take back motion and hit is very hard and flat. It's my best shot and I can hit many winners off it.I copy Dokic's forehand technique too. I hit it late a lot though because of the kind of long take back. But when it goes in :drool:.

Slutiana
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:09 PM
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
Put a little bit more topspin on your shot and try and put more weight on the ball a la nada rather than going for a flat winner if thats what you do. Once you're in position, plant your feet til the ball comes, make sure that when you take your racket back your arm is straight and pointing to the back fence, and make sure you take the ball early. When the ball is coming faster you should shorten your swing and do a much smaller "C" and just use the power of th ball. I'd suggest that you get someone to just feed you slow mid-court balls and just practice your technique until you feel good about it, doesn't matter what level you're at, it helps 100%. And i'd say DO NOT try and copy any WTA players, men are built differently so if you were to end up copying a MAria flat forehand or something, you will probably end up hitting the back fence because of the extra power that most men posses.

Lunaris
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Practice?

Demska
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:15 PM
I copy Dokic's forehand technique too. I hit it late a lot though because of the kind of long take back. But when it goes in :drool:.

ok, so according to ree - ross, you hit her BH like her too? serve like her too? have a idiot father too? SHOO? :p

Demska
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:16 PM
I just thought if you copied her forehand, you copy her serve.

You act as if shes a goddess so why not.

1. No, I don't copy her serve otherwise I would have said I do
2. I only copy her FOREHAND technique.
3. She is a goddess

ninanina19
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:16 PM
ok, so according to ree - ross, you hit her BH like her too? serve like her too? have a idiot father too? SHOO? :p
I serve like her:o.

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Um I'm not copying a female player's stroke first of all What if they're stroke does not work for me? and Female and Male bodies are different Men generally have a longer swing on the FH side.

Besides how far am I going to get with a flat forehand?

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:23 PM
Put a little bit more topspin on your shot and try and put more weight on the ball a la nada rather than going for a flat winner if thats what you do. Once you're in position, plant your feet til the ball comes, make sure that when you take your racket back your arm is straight and pointing to the back fence, and make sure you take the ball early. When the ball is coming faster you should shorten your swing and do a much smaller "C" and just use the power of th ball. I'd suggest that you get someone to just feed you slow mid-court balls and just practice your technique until you feel good about it, doesn't matter what level you're at, it helps 100%. And i'd say DO NOT try and copy any WTA players, men are built differently so if you were to end up copying a MAria flat forehand or something, you will probably end up hitting the back fence because of the extra power that most men posses. I my FH is really powerful when im hitting it well. Me and Del Potro have the same FH motion( No I didnt copy him) or very similar. My FH takes a while to set up so I might be catching the ball late or just not finishing the motion. When I hit my FH its like a huge drive but it has topspin not much but you can see it probally like Djokovic.

frenchie
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:26 PM
I never understood how can ppl have trouble with the forehand.

:tape:

My BH has always been a very natural shot but I use to have troubles with my FH. It was less consistent and less powerful.
I only fixed it properly last year with my new coach

Here are some advises he gave me;):

Early preparation is VERY important
Make contact with the ball in front of you
Transfer your body weight forward

Next step for me : learn how to serve:help:

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:27 PM
thanks frenchie I will try those next time I go play

thomas.chung
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:31 PM
My key was to hit tonnes of balls, and stop worrying/focusing on the motion but on the result, like where you want the ball to land, how high you want the ball to clear the net, flat vs. top-spin, etc. Your body will take care of the rest once you hit enough. Yes, it is important to know the correct technique and all, but don't become what I called a "technique junkie" where all you do is focus on looking good in hitting the shot and forget actually hitting a good shot.

A particular good drill would be to set up a target on a court, say down the line, or cross-court and try to get 10 rallies minimum to those spots. Every time you start a rally, give yourself a target result, not just where you want the ball to land, but also how fast you want to hit it and all. For example, when I did that drill, my coach and I would lay out a plan, he would say, "I want your shot to be at least a net high, moderate pace and lands 3/4-court deep". With that in mind, you go and actually try to achieve that goal in your rallies. Most important thing is have fun, and stay relaxed.

Slutiana
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:48 AM
I my FH is really powerful when im hitting it well. Me and Del Potro have the same FH motion( No I didnt copy him) or very similar. My FH takes a while to set up so I might be catching the ball late or just not finishing the motion. When I hit my FH its like a huge drive but it has topspin not much but you can see it probally like Djokovic.
Yeah, if you've got loads of time, then by all means take a big swing back but on medium - fast paced balls you should look to shorten your swing a lot and brush up on the ball for more control. It took me so long to learn this, or well to impliment it because im someone who is big and strong, i love running but there's something about the feeling of smacking a ball past an opponent that just can't be replicated. But you've definatly got to learn control if you want to better yourself or else you'll be so inconsistent so yeah, i'd suggest that you just aim to be really flexible on the size of your swing. Nowadays when im returning big first serves I literally just use my wrist as a takeback rather than moving my whole arm back, it saves so much tim and you'd be surprised at how much power you can actually get from a big shot from just pure timing. :)

If you need any more help just tell me. :) Im going for a coaching badge soon so its all good practice for me. :D

Dominic
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:01 AM
My key was to hit tonnes of balls, and stop worrying/focusing on the motion but on the result, like where you want the ball to land, how high you want the ball to clear the net, flat vs. top-spin, etc. Your body will take care of the rest once you hit enough. Yes, it is important to know the correct technique and all, but don't become what I called a "technique junkie" where all you do is focus on looking good in hitting the shot and forget actually hitting a good shot.


I totally agree with that. If your body has good kinethic intelligence, all that should come naturally just by doing it many times. I never had a tennis class in my life and my technique is perfect and now I even teach tennis, so just by playing alot, it will get better.

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:04 AM
Yes but I dont have a ball machine and no one to feed to me :sobbing:

Dominic
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Yes but I dont have a ball machine and no one to feed to me :sobbing:

No need for that , just play with a partner that is about as good as you at least 1-2 times a week. I started playing with the same partner about twice a week when I was like 15, now Im 22 and we are both awesome lol.

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:16 AM
Well I dont have a partner either on the weekends I come home to my parents house from college and we have tennis courts and usally I can find someone up there decent to hit a few balls.

College tennis tryouts are coming up :scared:

:sobbing:

Dominic
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:20 AM
Playing against a wall can also be great for your strokes.

Aaron.
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:22 AM
There is no wall at the courts :rolls:

thomas.chung
Jan 10th, 2009, 06:37 AM
Any wall will work, not just a tennis court wall. Go to places like behind a school where there is a high wall (so your ball won't be launched over the roof) and a flat ground (so you get a somewhat even bounce) will do. When you start off, don't hit all out as it is very tempting to do because the wall will just get it back. Instead, focus on getting your shot a correct height (assuming that you know how high the net is approximately) with a slow pace to get yourself in the groove of hitting. Be prepared to hit a lot of balls because the wall is, after all the best retriever in the world. Focus on the control, not the pace because pace will come naturally when you have control of the ball, with a faster pace shot just remember that the motion is the same but the racquet head speed is a lot faster.

As you become better acquainted with the wall, there are various neat tricks you can do with it like overhead (yes you can do it), but in the mean time just focus on control.

Good luck!

P.S. I think Seles used to practice on a wall a lot before she became a really good tennis players, and many tennis players will say that a wall is a good tool for practicing ground stroke.