Together with the serve, the forehand is the most dominant stroke in tennis, and your goal should be to turn this shot into a weapon. After reviewing the videos in our forehand technique section you will have a much better understanding of all the important technical fundamentals of the forehand and will know exactly how to correct common mistakes.
We recommend you start with our series of forehand lessons below. It includes 10 lessons from footwork all the way through the swing. Alternatively, you can use the filters below to find a specific forehand technique video.
Start Here: 10 Expert Forehand Technique Lessons
1 vs 2
Agility and Speed
Approach Shot Tactics
Basics of the Serve
Coordination and Balance
Fitness Warm up
Functional Warm Up
Green Ball Stage
Kids on Court
Learning from the Best
Live Ball Drill
Mobility and Flexibility
Mobility and Flexibity
Net Play Tactics
Orange Ball Stage
Pre-Match Warm Up
Preparing the Body
Red Ball Stage
Rhythm and Timing
Swing Path Animation
Technical Guideline of Backhand
Technical Guideline of Forehand
Technique of Backhand
Technique of Backhand Volleys
Technique of Forehand
Technique of Forehand Volleys
Technique of Groundstrokes
Technique of Return
Technique of Serve
Technique of Volleys
Tennis over 50
The forehand from the lateral position occurs in competition tennis in special situations. One of these situations, for example, is a shorter ball that flies relatively centrally towards the player. A crossover step is an effective way t...
From this bird's-eye view, you can see the exact contact point in front of the body and the stretching-shortening cycle (lagging) in the transition from the swing phase to the stroke phase.
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The forehand from the lateral position occurs in competition tennis in special situations. One of these situations, for example, is a ball that flies relatively centrally towards the player.
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The best way to get the feel for the movement cycle is to shadow moving in different directions. Here is an example of a shadowing drill for your players.
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A quick first step is essential for an effective footwork. The following progression will show you how to work on exploding out of the split step.
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Stopping your momentum and recovering in one fluid efficient movement pattern is one of the most important skills for a tennis player. The goal is to move efficiently without wasting steps. In this video you will understand the theory a...
A common mistake on the court is to fail to recover immediately after hitting the shot. The following drill will emphasize just that.
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Moving diagonally towards the ball is much more efficient than moving parallel to the baseline. Not only will you have shorter running distances but you will hit closer to the net taking time away from the opponent.
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In terms of footwork, an open stance is more efficient when moving to wide balls because it allows the player to return towards the middle of the court without having to take additional steps. Take a look at how this works.
When a shots gets you close to the sidelines, side steps will not be quick enough to get you back to the ideal court-position. Starting your recovery with a large cross-over step will be much faster and efficient.
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Recovering towards the middle of the court effectively after each shot can make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Use the same intensity to recover than you use to run to the ball. Recover immediately and quickly. ...
Avoiding extra lateral steps when running for wide balls will make a huge difference on your ability to cover the court. Rotating the hips as you hit and using the outside leg to stop the lateral momentum is the best way to make sure th...
Hitting the ball at the perfect distance to the body will minimize mistakes. Work had and use small quick shuffle steps whenever you have time to achieve an ideal strike zone. This will definitely improve the quality of your shot.
The key to hitting your shots in balance is to get to the ball with enough time to set up before you hit. If you are rushed as you are hitting your chances of making more errors will increase. Always start to the ball quickly and then sl...
Tennis is a game of constant starting, stopping and changes of direction. In order to change directions quickly and effectively you need to be in balance. The split step is the key to efficient movement. Understand it and practice it un...
Tennis is a game of movement. The better you move the better you play and great movement requires quick reaction. On court you have to be intense, on your toes and ready to chase any shot. There is no room for trying to evaluate if you s...
Sliding on clay is one of the most important skills to improve your movement on that surface. Here are a few concepts that will help you understand and practice how to do this.
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Movement is one of the most important aspects in tennis, and the ability to move better can make a huge difference in a player’s game. Fitness training has become an essential component for every serious player. However, there is one v...
The swing path of a forehand slice is very similar to a forehand volley except much longer. As the player takes the racquet back, the racquet head opens.
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The player takes the racquet back through a shoulder rotation. The racquet head lags a bit pointing forwards. As the racquet moves upwards and forwards towards contact, the wrist opens and the butt cap point at the ball.. The swing path...
There is a difference if you look at a stroke from a technical perspective of just focus on the swing path of the racquet head. There are many factors involved in the technical details. Each body segment and its changes during the swin...
Sometimes a deep fast shot from your opponent will force you to hit the ball off the bounce even when rallying from the baseline. In this situations it is very important to shorten the back swing, to catch the ball in front and to get th...
The shoulder level shot is used to attack a high ball from the opponent. The idea is to hit it hard and with little topspin. Technically, the player will prepare high, setting the racquet at the shoulder level. From there the racquet wil...
Sometimes during a point you will be forced into a situation where you do not have time to back up and will have to take the ball right off the bounce. In these situations the most important thing is to shorten your backswing as much as...
The dipping shot is hit with a great deal of topspin, low over the net and short. It is used for passing shots, angles, and approach shots. In order to hit a solid dipping shot you need to accelerate the racquet head with the forearm an...
The secret to an effective drop shot is not necessarily hitting it just over the net. More importantly is driving the opponent back before hitting it. Therefore the player needs to disguise the drop shot, using it in an attacking situati...
A common mistake when lobbing is to look up too early therefore missing the sweet spot on the racquet head. A lob requires precision and a clean contact point. Keep your head still until the ball leaves your racquet!
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Under spin will keep the ball from moving through the court and is an essential ingredient of an effective drop shot. Learn how to use it!
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A common mistake on groundstrokes is to pull away from the shot as you swing. This always starts with the head. If the head moves, the body moves. This clip will explore the importance of the head when hitting your groundstrokes.
A very common mistake on the forehand is to turn sideways and then swing only with the arm, keeping your body sideways. Ideally you need to use the whole body to swing. Rotate the hips and torso during your backswing and then uncoil int...
Ideally you want to line up the strings behind the ball in your forehand backswing. The less the racquet head has to move in your forward swing the better. Make sure you use a simple backswing to improve your consistency. Opening the ra...
Many players tend to force the racquet instead of swinging it. Here is a great exercise using figure 8 swings to help you understand the concept of swinging vs pushing.
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A solid forehand uses the whole body and a loose arm. A common mistake is to swing only with the forearm to generate topspin. A better swing will let the whole arm move through the shot. Finishing with the elbow in front of your chest i...
Ideally you should always try to hit an overhead when the opponent lobs. However, there are times when the lob is so deep that you will have to run behind it and hit it after it bounces. In those occasions, it is important that you run t...
A lob is an important shot in tennis and can win you many points. There are two types of lobs: The defensive lob which is high and deep and is used to buy you time to recover from a difficult situation and the offensive lob, which is low...
A common mistake at the club level is to lock the wrist when hitting a forehand and swinging from the shoulder. In order to hit an effective shot, the wrist joint has to remain loose through the swing. Ideally, he wrist opens on the bac...
The wrist plays a very important role on the forehand groundstroke. It allows you to make contact in front of the body and helps you generate racquet head speed. A common problem is holding the racquet too tightly and therefore blocking...
The non-dominant arm is very important on the forehand. It provides balance and it allows the shoulders to rotate properly. Let’s take a look at how it should be used.
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The forearm is a very important part of the swing on the forehand. Spin and acceleration depend on the correct use of this segment during the swing. As the arm moves towards the ball, the forearm rotates explosively to generate spin and...
One of the most common mistakes is to hit the ball late. Catching the ball in front of the body is the first step towards a solid technique.
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The open stance allows for more rotation of the trunk and therefore more power. The closed stance keeps the swing in the direction of the shot, enhancing control.
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The first step to a solid technique is learning to hold the racquet correctly. The three forehand grips are: Eastern, Semi-Western and Western.
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