In this video, I’m going to show you how to
avoid mis-hitting the ball. This is a big thing I see a lot of recreational players,
they don’t understand why they’re mis-hitting the ball.
One of the, I would say, the two biggest causes of mis-hitting the ball is, one, when you’re
hitting, you’re moving your head. By moving your head, it’s going to take the racket off
the ball. Two, is by coming off the ball with your body, so you’re not finishing the stroke.
You’re setting up here, and then you’re actually in a recovery as you’re hitting the ball,
and you’re pulling off the ball. I’ll give you the two examples. If I’m moving
my head, it should look like this … and I move my head. That’s a great way to mis-hit
a ball. The other one is coming off the ball like this. As you can see, I mis-hit the ball.
Now, the first one, for fixing moving the head, is keeping your head down after the
ball’s hit. Don’t hit and look up immediately. Keep your head down, finish, and then look
up. It should look like this. I’m keeping my head down through the stroke. You see pros
like Roger Federer do this. They’re constantly hitting the ball, staying , and then looking
up. The other fix is to make sure you stay with
the ball longer. I’m going to demo this first. I’m going to move out. I’m going to make sure
when I hit, I’m going to stay on this outside leg, and then recover, instead of coming back
and doing the recovery too soon. I’m going to go out, I’m going to stay on my outside
leg … outside leg. Compared to if I were to go out and try to recover, I’m going to
get a mis-hit. I can almost make a mis-hit happen every time, because I’m pulling back.
Make sure we stay out, on the outside leg, and that’ll take away those mis-hits.
Make sure we’re keeping our head down and still, and we’re staying on the outside leg,
staying with the ball, so we don’t have any more mis-hits.
Thanks for hanging out and watching this video. If you want more content on how to improve
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21 thoughts on “Forehand Tennis Lesson: Stop Framing Your Forehand”

  1. interesting. good tips. However dont most modern forehands pull off the ball to the left as they go forwards? I think its more the falling back off the shot that frames it. Pulling the racket to the left is a good thing. Oscar Wagners MTM forhand

  2. I would love some warmup tips to really train my head to stay down.  So simple, so important yet so easily forgotten. 

  3. What are your suggestions for players that hit the ball from below the ball like a scooping motion. I have tried drills and showing them their mistakes but still can't get them to swing more on a flatter plane or swing.

  4. Kevin, I just want to thank you and tell you what an incredible aid this particular video has been for me. I’ve been playing tennis now, off and on, for about thirty years. In the last four years I’ve taken it up very seriously playing a minimum of three to four times a week. I have a very good one handed back hand but have always struggled with my forehand. That stroke has never been natural to me and compounding matters, I have embedded a lot of bad habits through the years. My grip is a semi-western and with that I can put a lot of spin on a ball. The problem “was” that I could put no pace on it and frequently I would either frame the ball or put the ball in the net. Very frustrating, almost to the point of quitting. After watching this video, I made a mental note to “stay on the outside leg” and then recover. Wow, I actually get a good pop out of the ball as it makes contact with the racquet and it typically lands deep in the court with lots of spin. You cannot image how elated I am to have finally found this problem that has kept me down for so long. Again, thank you for this video and all the videos you produce.

  5. hi how can i solve the second point. i think i might be making habit of the second pointer often. how do i force myself to not do the second point but still making my stroke fluid

  6. I think staying with the ball a bit longer is the good advice.  But don't you want to weight transfer from outside leg to inside leg as you rotate?  Also, you do want to use the power of the weight transfer and rotation to help your inside leg to perform the seemless transition into the recovery phase back to the center of the baseline.  By staying too long on your outside leg, you might have difficulty to perform the seemless transition.  I guess at the end, it is all about balance.  You don't want to pull away from the ball too early and you don't want to stay at the outside leg too long.

  7. In snooker we do the same, after a shot we keep our head down. This technique will help one to keep the body still during stroke execution. Thanks!

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