Roger Federer’s forehand technique and how he drops the racket and creates wrist lag has been analyzed to the smallest detail but is his technique really the best for a recreational tennis player?

The video above compares Roger’s forehand drop technique with the one from Simona Halep which doesn’t create that much power but it gives her much more control and margin for error.

You’ll see that Federer aligns the racket properly to hit the ball very late in the forward swing and has a very small margin of error whereas Halep does that much earlier in the swing.

You’ll also learn what the concept of a stable wrist is and how you can feel it.

And when it comes to the wrist lag it’s crucial that you allow it to happen regardless of which forehand drop technique you’re using because only then can you hit your forehands with effortless power.

Thanks to Jorge Capestany for letting me use his videos!

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  1. I am illumunated. I wish I had discovered this channel when I was just beginning to learn tennis. Years of waste with not focusingon on the science behind tennis. This person is the best.

  2. An amazing video. He is in the right track, we, amateur players can't try to play like pro players and this is a perfect lesson to us, the rule here is "play simple but in control"

  3. Tomaz…I’ve gravitated towards hitting my forehand with a continental grip maybe slightly turned towards a forehand grip. Is this ok?

  4. Thank you. This is a very high level analysis which takes away a lot of the confusion that exist out there about the forehand.

  5. i remember john mcenroe mentioned in his commentary that agassi can bench 350 lbs. so that explains why he has a strong forehand with that racquet head edge drop.

  6. Great video and scientific explanation. What complicates the whole thing is the variation of the incoming shots with slice, spin, different heights and speed during regular matches.

  7. Perfectly explained. Never seen before ! Thank you! But I don't think it is useful for the recreational player. Who has no balance, no footwork. Let' say the information is important for the advanced players. People with skills.

  8. I am a USTA 4.0 player working towards the goal of being 4.5. I have consistently watched your lessons on YouTube for several years. You are an excellent teacher able to take extremely complex concepts and break them down in their simplest terms. It allows us to take this concepts to the court and implement them seeing incremental and consistent change when applied diligently. I want to thank you for being so generous and providing excellent content and instruction . You have helped my tennis game immensely and for this I am VERY grateful! God Bless you and your family!

  9. Hey super lesson! There are so much peaple who do Not understand this easy way to generate Power. When i had my first expereance whith this stroke I never wanted to loos ist again. Top thanks

  10. This is a video everybody trying to learn the tennis forehand should watch! I have watched so many videos of how to hit a forehand. There are so many inconsistencies from one to the next. This is the first video that acknowledges the differences and explains the ramifications of each. This video was also very enlightening for me regarding when in the swing the wrist is hinged back in the power position. Love this video!

  11. Was taught to never use the wrist for forehand tennis shots but this now makes it so clear why that's just old school….on to the courts then! Thanks for a good video, subscribed!

  12. Great video (and accent) gonna practice this now. Couldn't figure out why my hand, arm and wrist hurt after I hit balls!!!!

  13. I wonder if you're over thinking it a bit. Notice that the ball comes to Halep up around her waist while Federer is bending to get a much lower ball. She can't let the racket face close or she'll miss a ball that high and he has to drop down and let it close or he'll do the same.

  14. I think recreational players need to focus on getting the ball into the power position by contact however they do it. You can lay the racket back before the back swing, but that requires tension in the wrist-control forearm muscles. Or, you can keep your wrist limp and let inertia hold the racket head back as you begin the follow-through. But even then, you don't have to swing so hard as to cause a spring effect.

  15. so in other word, club player will never be able to play like federer, since halep couldn't even play like male player:)

  16. Very Good point👍

    I personally have troubles with the second typ of forehand on fast courts like carpet nur Not so much on clay😄

  17. matur nuwun suhu, ternyata tenis perlu teknik yang jelas untuk menjadi pemain pro. baru tahu philosophynya sekarang, mantul

  18. the bedst explanation of the different ways to hit with more or les power.The conclusion from you are the halep model is better unless you train like a pro and have the footweark to hit in front nearly all the time. You can ofcourse hit with the halep model to get more power if step into the cort.Thanks for the explanation Olaf Coach Copenhagen Denmark

  19. I agree that the "Federer"-technique is harder to time, but by reducing the influence of timing on your shot quality, you also don't "punish" bad timing and therefore it is more likely get used to a not-ideal-contact-point, since you get away with it. Further, you were saying that the Federer-technique creates more racquet head speed. This results in more topspin which gives added control. Especially on slower surfaces like clay where timing is less demanding, this added topspin might overweigh the risk of a bad contact point. That being said, I really like your content!

  20. Damn good video on forehand technique – now I can help out my beginner friend. Turns out it's hard to teach tennis when you barely know how to do it yourself. lol

  21. I've been trying to figure out why my forehand sometimes goes to the fence and other times into the net, and my swing feels the same. This explains it perfectly. I need to swing more like a girl 😉

  22. 02:58 at contact point u want to have a STABLE WRIST (wrist is into a fully extended locked position)
    – 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
    -by dropping the racket on the side, u enter into the stable wrist position much earlier than dropping it face down. This gives more control since ur racket's face is positioned for contact with the ball so early in the swing.

  23. The best explanation of the forehand I've ever heard! Great job! I'll immediately look through your other videos!

  24. Darn it, my forehand is just like Halep. Lol. Lady’s style. I tried the other one before, there is no way I can return a fast ball like that.

  25. I think the key is to keep the wrist really loose. I only hold the butt of my racquet for ground strokes and serve. So I snap naturally.


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