Have you ever been told by your coach to swing low to high – to impart topspin or to lift the ball higher above the net?

If you were and you found that instruction not very effective you’re not the only one.

“Swing low to high” is one of those tennis tips that seems very logical at first glance but it in fact creates more problems than it solves.

In the video above you’ll learn 3 reasons why “swing low to high” is not a good advice and two tennis tips that work much better.

Besides my explanations and demonstrations of how I suggest you go about swinging towards the ball and hitting you’ll also see player that has a problem in his stroke and how I helped him correct it in a matter of minutes.

This topic should also very interesting to coaches who have tried the “swing low-to-high” advice and haven’t really found it effective and would like to know what works better.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. I have a honest doubt. The other day I was watching another famous tennis instructional video on YouTube about the forehand Wherein the coach was advising to hit at the top of the ball(slightly above the equator). Need help. Thanks

  2. Very similar – I take out a sharpie and draw a face on the ball. To hit flat, hit the ball on the nose. Regular topspin drive, hit him in the mouth. More topspin? Hit him on the chin.

    Easier to visualize than the world and the equator.

  3. Loved it!

    You know the other thing I love Thomaz? It is that you don't brag about your qualifications or try to sell your services in every video. I might just buy a course from Feel Tennis Instruction to say my thanks!

  4. Great sensible coaching! I laughed when you said my arm was attached at the shoulder near the end and would end up going back down when serving. Thank you so much!
    If I was a billionaire, I'd give you a million dollars just for this video!

  5. My good sir, I have been laying tennis for just a week now, you could say I'm a toddler. But i've been committing the mistake of thinking too much from the beginning. Your video has provided a deep insight into what is actually right and i feel it'll help me massively. Thanks a lot, my good sir. Subscribing 🙂

  6. Swinging low to high means starting at hip position and ending somewhere near shoulder position or higher. Of course the ball needs to go up if you want it to go over the net. It's just a phrase for beginners that try to smash every ball like it's a volleyball.

  7. How does this have half a million views 🤣. It's easy to show this on a player that I'm not even sure he isn't pausing on purpose to make your point. He also has no rhythm because you've now sped him up so fast he'll mistime it from the baseline swinging like that, due to setting up really late. On top of that you said how players only deal with easy balls because the focus on themselves means they het more success, but at no point do you give your players any tougher balls. They're all incredibly easy feeds. I see where you're coming from and changing the focus to the ball, because the reason people don't swing up on the ball especially at the level I imagine this video is aimed at is because their reception skills are poor, so they attempt to contact the ball when it is too high, and struggle to move to let it drop especially with modern courts/balls and everyone hitting with topspin. That's something that requires focus on the ball, But as a coach I feel like your video is completely staged to make your point, and question whether this would actually be effective because of it.

  8. I ve started to tennis, had 4 lessons now and my first lesson was me trying to swing from low to high and it looked exactly like u showed in the first minute of the video. It confuses me a lot cuz most of the time when i really focus on swinging low to high my ball goes way too high.

  9. Racquet back and down is one of the fundamental phrases that I remember when I participated in my USPTR certification training and testing back in 1989. Personally I was coached to swing through the ball and hold it on the strings. I realize that this doesn’t really happen but my coach was trying to emphasize the benefits of a long smooth continuous swing. Every shot had a purpose, placement and varying pace and net clearance. Ground strokes had to land with in three feet of the baseline or deeper. Wait for the short return which opens up the angles. Hit the ball on the rise when moving inside the baseline, hit an approach shot , split step and volley if the ball comes back.

  10. 13 minutes for nothing…. "Imagine that you hit 45 degrees below…" Very bad idea. To hit 45 degrees below you need your racket also 45 degrees. It is geometry secondary school. So many mistakes.. It's pity my 13 minutes(((

  11. Sorry if I'm not understanding, but it seems that you are saying you can control the amount of time the racquet contacts the ball. That's not true. You can't have a "longer interaction" between ball and strings. Once the racquet touches the ball, it's gone. You can't "slide the strings across the ball" for slice, "peel an orange" during a serve, "hold the ball on the strings" during an approach, etc. as many coaches say. Brody, Braden, et al. proved conclusively decades ago you have no control over ball-string dwell time. In fact, if you could, you'd just be losing control as the ball slid across the string.

  12. Very helpful as I transition from hitting a flat ball. The 3 reasons why hitting low to high is inaccurate was especially helpful.

  13. Hitting the ball ‘under the equator’ is a terrible idea. It causes the face of the racquet to open up, producing a ‘baseball home run’. Best to hit above the equator. When hitting above the equator the racquet face closes up and the player can swing at his hearth content, confident that the ball will stay in the court.

  14. Sorry to respond in this way. But both your objection as your " solutions" to a problem you seem to have with this one liner. Also i can imagine that for a beginning student it can be something that sticks in their memory, in a whole explanation a few words can distract from the message you want them to get. Yours Are at best a situational coaching followed with a demonstration how you want them to do it. Repeating the demonstration in slowmotion or stop slomotion. Most importantly when to start or be totally ready to hit the ball. For that to really train you needs 2 people rallying. a hand feed gets old really fast and doesnt give you all the information a player can give maybe the first 5 minutes at most. Also I like my students to know what they are doing so I like them to start them on half court Rallying. I give them a game situation as a mental image to play with. if this goes well you go to full court rally and take a step back when they tense up. Because a tense arm is strong arm but not a really fast arm, which block the kynetic chain as goes for any muscle in a humans body in any sport. To end a practice with playing points or some games keeping them focused on being loose while playing the points. Because that is where the real faults show not only in this video and in a basket feed. Feeding a "dead" ball down the middle of the court. Connect the dots

  15. Great advise but racquet preparation and body position are also important while hitting a forehand or backhand. I make sure to tell my students to bend and rotate as well. This will naturally shorten their backswing and help them to hit through the ball.

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