Find out how to hit a forehand? The technical elements in this forehand video apply to all forehands. Whether it’s a classic forehand like John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors, or the modern forehand like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, or even a WTA forehand like Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova. These fundamental forehand principles apply to a wide spectrum of forehand styles.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. I dont remenber if i have already asked if you have produced a training series on the forehand topic or if you have in mind to do it in the future. I saw that online you have already produced some regarding the serve volley and overhead topics.

  2. Hi guys, pls, can you rate my forehand I care about opinions because there is no coach in my area https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iejWpgUD9Eo

  3. Thank you for the way the footwork is to start. I heard all top player hit contact at 45 angle to the net. This way you have shoulder quickly to hit both shot cross court or down the line

  4. Thanks man! I've been watching your videos lately and their top quality. I love you are a geek of the technique.

  5. 1) I've watched a few of your videos and you definitely have a very good technical knowledge of tennis but I would recommend that you take a peek at a few videos from Feel Tennis Instruction and study his style of instruction briefly. He has a different approach than you but I think it would complement your instruction very nicely to have multiple styles of explaining a shot or tactic. You are very technical, he is well, feel based, and I think mixing in a bit of that would make an awesome addition.

    2) On your forehand steps, found a lot of the things helpful but I feel you left out a critical part of the shot. Watching great players you see extension out of the lead leg into the shot. Driving up through the ground into the shot is a staple of professional forehands and something that you should cover (perhaps you have at some point I have not seen all your stuff!).

    Take care!

  6. 00:37 1) First thing u do after u notice where the ball is going is TURN SHOULDERS ALL THE WAY (both shoulders, non dominant hand )
    01:27 2) SET UP YOUR BODY PERFECTLY:
    -open stance facing the net (or even semi-open stance with right foot a little bit behind of the left foot)
    -racket head up (tip can be even higher than ur head, angle is a bit vertical with the head tipped towards the side fence)
    -non dominant hand is supporting the racket on the racket's triangle with it's elbow up & away from body. Non dominant shoulder should feel stretched.
    -elbow of the dominant hand should be away from the body , a bit elevated like ur nudging someone ,
    -forearm roughly parallel to the ground
    -elbow pointing straight back to the back fence
    ——————————————————————————————————
    3) SWING
    02:15 -separate non dominant hand from the racket for eg. when the ball is about to bounce (the goal here is u want to separate LATE bc if u separate too soon ,the swing will not be fluid & u can not focus on what matters – contact point with the ball)
    TIP: invert ur non dominant hand so that the palm is facing away from body. This allows us to use the weight of nondominant hand by keeping elbow up & rotating with the swing, generating more unwind power
    03:11 -backswing (aka elbow extension with palm facing down like Federer) – every player does this completely intuitively … u dont have to worry about ur backswing! WOW !!!!
    05:52 -it is absolutely necessarily to focus so that the contact point is in front of the body.
    contact point on every type of modern forehand is with the dominant shoulder in front! the modern forehand has a lot of upper body rotation. compared to the classic forehand!
    -what u do have to worry is that ur wrist is loose. Being loose , it automatically gets into a locked position=fully extended wrist. This is a very stable position, yet wrist is loose.
    you do not want to intentionally lay back the wrist before the swing…. it gets automatically into extension when u swing … because it is loose it flips into the locked position.
    at contact point u want the stable wrist! Note for me: for me personally ,not having the fully relaxed & fully extended wrist causes the face of the racket to open up (ball goes up&out)
    06:19 -after contact, dont hit in front trough the ball (bc u dont want to disconect the ball from the body's core rotation)
    07:15 -the swing should be across … when the elbow passes ur trunk ,start to USE that forearm muscle and make it big&fat like federer's (if ur weak muscle then move ur grip uper on handle)
    we keep the ball longer on our strings resulting more "feel" (we control and feel the tip of the racket)
    we keep strings positioned towards the target for as long as possible resulting more "control"
    we keep the racket connected to our core rotation & rotate forearm (use forearm muscle ,NOT WRIST) resulting more "top spin & power added after contact"
    TIP: place ur grip with index finger a bit spread … so u can use the forearm muscle more intensely!

    Next is a quote from your video entitled "Hit Through The Ball? – Part 1 – The Forehand"
    The confusion is that there are some players who have extension throughout the entirety of their stroke. Players such as Federer Nadal etc will extend the arm upon the racquet drop and now the arm will be straight at contact and then will remain straight.
    However, the majority of players worldwide play the forehand with a bent arm in the preparation phase, at contact and on the finish. In other words you will never see somebody like a Djokovic make contact with the bent arm and then continue to extend forward ,it simply will not happen. He's gonna start bent , he's gonna remain bent through the entirety of the shot.

  7. Hello! I have seen a lot of your videos. I saw that in the serve you teach to hit the ball not at its peak, but when it is slightly coming down.
    In the groundstrokes, forehand and backhand, and also slice if you want, the best tip is to hit it at its maximum height when its coming up or to let it come down a little bit too? I know that if the ball is too high you have to let it come down a little bit, but in the normal balls, the way to do it is hitting it in its maximum height or letting the ball coming down a little bit?
    Thank you for all the videos you upload!

  8. Hi Nikola, great videos, I've been through many videos, but I can't find definition on 'hitting' the ball. Can you do a video about that? Every body talks about rotation, but my coach says you have to hit with hand. What drives the hand forward, when hip initiation stepis in, is the hip prior the hand (shoulder joint) on not or you should do it all together? what is the proper mindset? the diference between what we think are we doing and what is actualy happening when 'hitting'? Thanks! (p.s. why right shoulder infront of left?)

  9. Thank you so much for your videos man! they are the best ive seen in youtube. I have a question, my backswing is very simple and i just take the racquet back like say… blake, kachanov, cuevas, etc. should i focus on changing it? because i have tried to change the backswing but i just get frustrated, its very difficult. As for the rest of what ive learned from you, i improved a lot.—Manuel.

  10. Nick, where you really hit the nail on the head is hitting hitting across the ball, not through it. That's a unique and useful teaching tip. Also, the separate timing of the initial turn while moving to the ball, from the complete unit turn to initiate the proper timing and flow of the swing.

    I think two problems with the typical recreational forehand is the lack of elbow separation from the body and the lack of arm and elbow extension on the backswing. If you examine all the best pro forehands, the players move the racquet upward on the backswing, separating the elbow from the body, then extend the arm, straightening the elbow (not locking it straight out), as they drop the racquet slightly below the ball and swinging slightly upward and across the ball, not through the ball, as you so correctly describe. The elbow separation from the body and elbow extension prevents short-arming the ball. With the elbow in toward the body and the arm too much bent, there is no leverage into the shot and this kills power. Also, a low backswing can cause players to swing too much upward on the ball and too often to hit it long. The elbow separation and arm extension creates a natural leverage through the shoulder, down the arm, and to the racquet, giving power. The arm extension also creates a natural lag of the wrist as the arm moves forward, adding to the whipping forward motion for more power. Watch slo-mo videos of pro forehands and you'll see what I mean. High backswing with elbow separation, arm/elbow extension, forward motion causing leverage through the shoulder, wrist lag and whip across the ball.

  11. Always enjoy your video, particularly the natural bent to it. If I might add a view on 'why hitting across and not forward' as you said? The power and balance comes from balance from the feet, the last thing that moves is the racquet. The racquet is merely following the natural circular motion of the body. At the contact point though, the energy is going 'forward' through the ball, but like a dancer on stage, balance is maintained and the arm follows the structure of the bodies circular movement, around.
    thanks for your great perspective on tennis.

  12. Great video, Nik.
    A few questions about forehand.
    1. What part of the body does initiate backswing rotation? Looks like non-dominant hand, correct?
    2. What part of the body does initiate forward rotation: knee, core, or non-dominant hand?
    3. I see from videos of most pro players when they separate hands they spread fingers of non-dominant hand keeping tension in non-dominant hand. Why they do so?

  13. Nick, thank you so much for this video!! I have being struggling with my forehead lately. This is my to go forehand sequence!!

  14. Helpful and easy to follow basic tennis instructional video by a professional. Slow motion to emphasize proper technique is useful. Seen other videos and this is by far my preferred instructor – it is simply an excellent tennis class and not a "show" to attract viewers. Thank you.

  15. good stuff, I like hitting flat forehands hard, your video on that was excellent too, when I did try this form I got a sore wrist as it does look like the windshield wiper form at contact, I did make good shots using this form when I executed properly but 55 years old, playing a lot in Florida puts a lot of stress on wrists, but I will use your advice on the flat forehand as at times I swing forward too much, my wrists also get sore on the tap the dog backswing too swinging with a semi closed racket face, so my execution needs to be spot on with my eastern grip forehand

  16. I was struggling with my forehand for some part of last year, and these were the tips that helped me! Great video!

  17. Some nice content again, but some criticism is due, again: In modern forehand there ain't any "right shoulder before left shoulder in the contact" maxim at play; rather the opposite: they hit in front but not with the right SHOULDER in front, just the arm! And you lack that wrist/forearm lag in your forehand swing. Even if all the top players have "intuitive" backswings with personal stylistic preferences (depending also on their grips), they all have the lag in their forward swings, you do not have (in the sense of the late flip backwards) which is a bit problematic given the content of this video… Also, keep hitting THROUGH the ball, not the ball – but THROUGH it. As if. Across is something that happes in the follow through, naturally.

  18. You are not letting the racquet head “go” at the contact point as Tomaz from FT would say it. That’s what I had noticed and there’s not much coiling happening either. But great explanation on the contact point.

  19. wait a sec the last part to finnish across?? what is the physics about it? my coach tought me exactly the other thing you told not to do to extend my arm more foreward and that way i get better control. it did not feel that good to me but it looked like it gives results.now i am totaly confused…..across happens naturaly because hand is attached so has to go back to the body:) greetings from croatia

  20. Excellent video, you really do know what you're talking about!
    A great video for you to do would be to talk about footwork preparation as this is one of the most important parts of setting up for the stroke.

  21. Would you please elaborate the LIFT factor (in accordance with the ROTATIONAL factor) & the feet’s position of Unit turns? Thanks

  22. Great Lesson Coach: But I wish that you recommend a way to perform the back swing. I'll try to experiment hitting across the body with Neutral stance. Thank you again for great lesson.

  23. i know all these mechanics by heart now n it feels so smooth when i do it at home. i have probably shadow swinged like million times for years.! but still when i go out to the court everything falls apart. timing feels so off, too early, too late, not turning, the ball i just cant match it with my body and turn and racket. really annoying!

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