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Archive for the ‘Forehand Groundstroke’ Category

Hitting Forehand High Bouncing Balls

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

We all know that we want to move to proper court positions so that we can always hit the ball at waist level, the optimum hitting zone. However, it’s not realistic in game situation. Tactically, sometimes you want to hit high balls because either you don’t want to be pushed back or you want to rob opponents of reaction time. So how we handle high balls with forehand? This first video clip, Handling High Balls on your Tennis Forehand, demonstrates that you need to raise your normal forehand swing path. In order to do this, one key point is to keep your racket high but still lower than the contact point when you bring your racket back, another point is that you want to raise your upper body higher without bending your knees too low. The second video clip, Tennis Tip – Handle the High Bouncing Ball, USPTA Master Professional Coach Pat demonstrates that a natural way to hit high ball will be to hit balls a) further away from you b) further back from your hitting zone.

High-Percentage Tennis Tactics Guidelines: Directionals

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In this High-Percentage Tennis video, high-percentage groundstrokes are identified based on ball crossing or not crossing your body and relationship of ball and player.
if an incoming ball is outside shot as defined by shots that cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is no change of direction (C.O.D) of ball.
if an incoming ball is inside shot as defined by shots that do not cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is change of direction of ball.
high percentage groundstroke change direction guideline:
outside = no C.O.D
inside = C.O.D
For a down-the-line groundstroke, the high percentage shot is to hit the ball perpendicular (90 degree) to baseline. The shot aiming to the sideline is low percentage shot.
For players with inside-out forehand as a weapon, the high percentage shot is no C.O.D on deep inside-out forehand, and C.O.D on short inside-out forehand.

Traditional to Modern Forehand Groundstroke Comparison

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

This excellent Modern Forehand Lesson from Dan Brown of I’m On Your Side Tennis has been added to TennisandI video lessons.

Digital video analysis tennis lesson on the forehand. In this episode, a 4.5 adult tournament player’s forehand is changed from traditional to modern.

traditional forehand: early preparation, turning side way, step in, then drive through the ball at the contact, hip and upper body rotations, bring in back foot around for 180 degree upper body rotation.

modern forehand: open stance, load up power in the right leg, kinetic chain, angular momentum.

Comparison of Traditional Forehand and Modern Forehand

traditional forehand: linear momentum, turn side way, weight moves forward, more side to side;

modern forehand: angular momentum, load on right leg, rotate around body axis, weight moves to left.

long rectangular vs cylinder shapes

Advantage of Modern Forehand

a) able to put more topspin on the ball so better control, b) alleviate the strain on the left knee.

A Tip For Using Forehand Shot

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

After you’ve hit a good forehand shot, move to your left hand corner and hit “inside-out” or “inside-in” forehand shot.

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