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.
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.
This first part of the forehand swing is accomplished by rotating the body (shoulders and hips) about 90 degrees.
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 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!
Are you looking to make improvements to your tennis swing here in Columbus and want some simple tips to work on when you hit the courts? Keep a few of these pointers in mind and let us know what kind of improvements you see in your form.
Get Ready for that Hit!
For starters, always remember to keep your racquet held back in anticipation of the next swing. You only have a split second to respond when the ball leaves your opponent’s racquet. It’s important to stay positioned for a clean shot.
Before you move toward an incoming shot, remember these tips:
- Ensure the shot is coming to your forehand side.
- Maintain a balanced sideways stance that affords you the best position to receive the incoming shot. Keep your non-dominant hand extended for balance in anticipation of the swing.
- Keep an open space between the ball and your body so you have enough room to complete the swing. You should be making contact with the ball at waist height. If it’s below this level, bend with the knees, not the waist.
- Move the racquet toward the incoming ball with a comfortable swing. Don’t bend or over-extend the elbow or wrist.
- Actual contact with the ball should happen somewhere around your front foot. The face of the racquet must remain square or flat with the connecting ball. Rotate your shoulder through the full swing and past the point of contact.
Many poor swings are the result of insufficient follow-through. Whether forehand or backhand, you want to complete an entire swing of the arm and rotation of the shoulder to get the appropriate arcing motion that elevates the point of contact with the ball enough to give it a solid smack. A smooth swing must have a smooth follow-through.
A good follow-through involves:
- Giving the ball enough lift to clear the net while maintaining a fixed arm and wrist.
- Completing a full shoulder rotation means your chest is facing the target at final position.
- Your racquet remains perpendicular to the floor across the entire swing.
- Plant the back toe and lift the hell to give you the pivot and thrust momentum of the leg muscles.
All of these tips will give you plenty to work on when you’re on the court but the most important thing that will improve your swing is consistent practice practice practice! If you’re interested in private tennis lessons with someone from our talented coaching staff, give us a call or ask at the front desk.
See you on the court!
Elysium Tennis is excited to have two platform tennis courts completed and we have our programs up and running. Elysium has three of the four PPTA Certified Teaching Professionals in Columbus on staff. In addition to teaching, Brian Heil, Kevin Hornik and Katya Yergina all play national platform tennis tournaments around the country and are excited to help grow the sport! Elysium is the only non-country club to have Platform Tennis and is recognized by the APTA, the governing body of Platform Tennis.
Men’s Nights are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm; Women’s Night on Wednesdays with a Beginner session from 6-7:30pm and Advanced from 8-10pm, these evenings are non-instructional with a social gathering afterward. We also have Junior Paddle on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. The turnout has been great, so far, and hope to keep the programs growing and the courts filled!
If you are interested in learning how to play, schedule a lesson or clinic with one of our three PPTA Certified Teaching Professionals on staff, or want to reserve a court with some friends to give it a try, call our front desk they will be happy to assist you!