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How To Master The Basic Forehand

How To Master The Basic Forehand

Learn how to perform a simple, yet effective, forehand in tennis. The tennis forehand is the most dangerous groundstroke, so learn the basic technique to ensure you beat your opponent.

Step 1: Prepare

Begin by adopting the ready position and then select your grip. For this flat forehand we recommend the continental grip, also known as the chopper grip, named thus because it's how you'd hold an axe for chopping.

To find this grip just hold your tennis racket as if it were an axe. The V of your thumb and forefinger should be just to the left of the top of the grip.

Step 2: Approach the ball

As soon as you see where the ball is going, drive off from your legs. Your aim is to get to the ball as soon as possible.

As you move, turn both your hands towards the tennis ball.

This will rotate your shoulders and upper body away from the ball, storing up energy that will power the shot.

Step 3: Bring the racket back

As you begin to take the racket back, pivot your feet to the right. If you're left handed, simply reverse these instructions.

Look to take the racket head back in a loop.

TIP: Use your other hand to point at the tennis ball. This turns your body sideways on the shot, preparing you for a strong swing.

Step 4: Your swing

Simply accelerate the racket into contact with the ball.

Your aim is to hit the ball when it is around waist height.

Power in your forehand comes from firing all your muscles: starting from the legs, then the hips, your shoulder, arm and then finally your wrist.

You power the ball by moving into it and stretching through the shot.

Step 5: Follow through

Follow through with your tennis racket reaching the opposite shoulder. Your body has now rotated naturally so that you are facing the court, ready for your next shot.