How to Improve Your Forehand Technique

Looking for a few tips to getter more power and accuracy from your forehand swing?  We thought a series of posts to help improve your technique would get you geared up for an awesome spring and summer season.

Adding Power

Without getting overly complicated in describing the modern forehand technique (our instructors can help with that!), not that the two most important elements for creating power in a forehand shot are the rotation and the extension of your arm.

Rotation

This first part of the forehand swing is accomplished by rotating the body (shoulders and hips) about 90 degrees.

Extension

The second part of a forehand swing is the moving of the forearm through the contact zone in the direction of the target.

This can sometimes be hard to spot due to the added preparation of the forehand swing, the stance employed, and the subsequent follow-through, but keep these two elements in mind and you’ll be forehand swinging with the best of them.

Adding Topspin

Adding a topspin to a forehand swing requires the racquet to move upwards.  This can be tricky since our dominant arm often relies on the shoulder joint for maximum power.  However, in order to add topspin to a forehand swing, the shift comes from the legs.

Simply by adding an upward thrust of the leg muscles at the end of your swing, you give it an added upward spin that creates a topspin on the ball.

Additionally, you can add an upward tilt to any of three different joints in the arm to further add topspin and upward momentum.

These are in the shoulder, the elbow, and the wrist.  Isolating each, experiment with where you get the best upward movement to create a topspin on the ball.  For more Columbus Tennis Coaching and Tennis Tips, follow our blog and check us out on Facebook!