Tennis Tip Today -Compact Forehand is Essential

Creating a Compact Forehand is Essential To Success

Are you having problems controlling your forehand. The problem may be the result of your backswing on the forehand side. Take a look at the backswing of Sloan Stephens and you will see how the Racquet has rotated to the left side of her body and she is a right handed player. Her swing size is 10 feet longer than it needs to be. A shorter back swing is needed.

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She needs to correct this by bringing the racquet about 5 feet to the other side of her body.  The opposite of this is Serena’s back swing demonstrated in the photo below.  Serena has slowly made the correction to become one of the most consistent women players of all time.

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In contrast Serena’s swing is more vertical to the courts geometry.  This creates the opportunity for a more consistent ball contact spot. Below are photos of other top players that had compact backswings.

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Nadal is able to create heavy top spin because of the more compact backswing. His consistency is unrivaled as we all know.

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Agassi was able to take precious time from his opponent with a more compact back swing and a high level of consistency.  In short the key to correcting the inconsistency creating more top spend and taking time from your opponent is to shorten the backswing.


Tennis Tip Today – Manage your unforced errors


If you’re to BEAT your opponents, you must first know how to stop giving away points your opponent has not earned. These points are called “Unforced Errors”.

Unforced errors are at the root of many a lost match. An “unforced error” is when you miss a shot that, given your ability and the situation, you should have executed successfully.

Many unforced errors can be eliminated by choosing a target and stroke technique that’s appropriate for your level and the situation. For example: you’re receiving serve at deuce, late in the third set, this is NOT a time to get too fancy with your target or stroke technique.

Choose a target that’s appropriate for the situation. Shorten your backswing, take a little pace off the return and place your shot to a target you KNOW you can hit. This takes the pressure off you and transfers it to your opponent.

Choose appropriate targets for your ability and the situation. Then, watch your unforced errors decline like magic!