Forehand Technique

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
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Forehand Closed Stance (back view)

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. To get access to the videos and p...

Working on Recovering Efficiently

Working on Recovering Efficiently

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...

Move Diagonally Towards the Ball

Move Diagonally Towards the Ball

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. To get a...

Use The open Stance on Wide Balls

Use The open Stance on Wide Balls

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. ...

Recover with a Sense of Urgency

Recover with a Sense of Urgency

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. ...

Stop your Momentum for Better Movement

Stop your Momentum for Better Movement

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...

Always Start Fast then Slow Down effective movement

Always Start Fast then Slow Down

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...

Understanding the Split Step

Understanding the Split Step

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...

just move

Just Move!

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...

How to Slide on Clay

How to Slide on Clay

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. To get access to the videos and premium media, ...

Drive Forehand Swing Path

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...

Swing Path vs. Technical Details

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...

Hitting and Offensive Lob

By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo The most important aspect to hit an effective offensive lob is disguise. Ideally you need to be in an offensive position, fake a passi...

The Shoulder Level Shot

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...

The Off the Bounce Shot

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

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...

Use Disguise on your Drop Shots

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

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! To get ...

Keep the Head Still!

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. ...

Rotate into the Shot to Hit a Solid Forehand

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...

Forehand Finish – Use the Elbow as Guideline

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...

Offensive and Defensive Lobs

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...

The Correct Use of the Forearm on the Forehand

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...