Hey guys! this is Gaston from Connecting Tennis. How are you? first of all I wanted to thank everybody
for all the messages and the feedback that I’ve been receiving for the last
video that I posted, the serve with slice lot of people are reaching out and
telling me how the slice changes the way they were playing, changes strategy,
taking the players out of the court and then being able to attack to the other side or
going to the same side so very good with that I’m very happy that that it’s
helping all of you guys but today we’re going to focus it is what I’ve been
seeing that people is calling the modern forehand. How the forehand shifted
from what it was this kind of grip okay just pushing the ball forward to a
more closed grip here with the tip of the racquet, something that we probably
started to see maybe eight to ten years ago with Nadal playing in clay-court when
he showed up and he appeared with a new forehand playing really high with a
lot of spin, a lot of revolution in the ball, playing really deep and pushing
the player out of the court, push in the back so it was very very hard until
other players found that way to come into a court and be able to attack that ball
that pushes you so far behind and you can’t get in up there
because it has too much revolution on it that that is getting hard you know to
attack it and get in so what I’m going to show you today is in very simple
steps how you could adapt it how you could get the shot in your game it
doesn’t matter your age or your level I’m going to show you just a simple way
okay with a couple steps on how to place the legs how to place your shoulders
and the rotation of your hips so you’re going to be able to hit it so the
first thing that you have to know imagine we are here in the line parallel to the other guy or the person you playing okay so first thing
never have your toes like this facing the net your toes always have
to be 45 degrees so why do I say this when the ball is coming the first thing
that you tend to do is, you can go either closed stance or it either open
stance so what I mean with that if even if you go a closed stance you can’t have your body like this with your toes facing there and if you go open stance, you can’t have your feet with your toes pointing there. If you go closed stance your
feet has to be kind of there like opened 45 degrees and if you go open stance, first thing you do is your shift okay you rotate this okay in your legs
and you kind of shift it like this so the first thing you have to do
imagine always okay that we have the ball coming to us from here okay
with the grip there the first thing you do is rotate your legs with
your hips, your hips have to be all the way facing the side of the
court. Your shoulders also are going to help you and this hand, either if you are righty or lefty in the hand that you don’t have the racquet is very important because you’re going to push the racquet back and it’s going to help you
rotate your hips as you can see here and your shoulders to go all the way. If you are doing it wrong you’re going to feel it
because this leg is going to block yourself from rotate.You see, I have my foot my
toes pointing to the net not allowing me to rotate that’s why we rotate on your
toes, you’re always on your toes playing you rotate over them and this
helps you to open your hip all the way. So the first thing you do the split step you rotate on your toes you rotate your hips here the
racket with this hand you take it back okay this is going to allow you to take the
racquet just like if you were trying to reach something behind and from here,
from these position you’re going to charge all the weight in this leg this is
the key here what is going to help you to then come up and do that hard
spin so the ball goes really heavy and deep. So from here what we do, we get
again here the racquet starts to go down as you can see and now the tip of the
racquet is facing forward there are a lot of videos that I’ve seen of people saying
why is bad to have the tip of the racquet pointing forward again this is the
modern way of playing this is what is going to give you and allows you to drop
the racquet over here and then charge with the spin so I’m going to do the
movement all entire without any stop in very slow motion so you guys can
see how this looks. So from here with do the split-step we rotate all the way,
bring the tip of the racquet as you can see some people like to have the racquet
like this totally flat, some people open it a little, I come from a background of clay-court okay so I like not to have it there to then hit a little flat there, but I like to have it more pointing like this because these is going to allow me to get the ball even more in front of me and pull more with the
spin at the end. So then again, split-step, we rotate all the way, drop the tip of the
racquet and now you can see that from your hips rotating here the rotation starts to come and you see the shoulder coming here coming forward and hitting the
ball all the way in front of you of course this arm you’re not going to
have it here because it show you. Here rotate the tip of the racquet
rotates in front and then you finish this is going to allow you to do what when
you come here and you hit you hit the ball then you facing again then, same thing that when you hit close stance. You hit here, and if you stay here
look how you’re crossing on the court they what you have to do to run to the
other side, do an step back okay that’s wrong. This is what it’s going to help you close stance, hit and fall so now you’re facing again you’re ready to recover to the
other side. Now in the open stance you come here, you hit in front and you rotate. This is going to allow you to come from under the ball push the ball fast a lot of spin deep so the other player
is not allowed to come in and to attack the ball remember legs coming from
under and spin the in the ball I’m going to show you now in a slow
motion a couple of shots so you can see how I hit the ball the point of
impact has to be really front and here is where the wrist
makes all the work and pushes finishing forward. Let’s see how it looks! so there you guys could see in slow motion how when the ball is coming I do the split, I open my legs as an open stance and take the racquet back and then as you can see when I’m hitting the ball in slow motion especially you can see that
I shift here and my shoulder is all the way in the front and
finishing. Alright guys I hope you enjoyed the video I hope you have the time to watch
it and analyze what I’m talking, what I’m trying to teach you here with these forehands, make sure you practice it, this is something that
takes time, it takes a lot of repetitions so if you have a
ball machine or you do private or class with a coach or you have people that can
help you feeding balls, hit hundreds and hundreds of balls. You can do even
this movement here when you’re at home before getting into to the
court to play, practice this here so it becomes something natural for you.
Here in this rotation we’re using something that we have another video
talking about the core workout. Having a strong core is what is
going to give you the stability and the the ability to rotate when you
hit the forehand and like you’re not you use a lot of the power here of
the core when you do the rotation and it’s going to allow you to stay in position to then fall and be ready for the next shot. So if you happen to be watching on You Tube please and you like the
material and all the things you’re enjoying just like I’m doing please
subscribe to the channel to stay tuned keep up with the videos remember we have the website ConnectingTennis.com that you can go all the social media what I try to post daily tips
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players that they share, their daily trainings and I put it there for you guys
so Thank You and see you next time!!

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38 thoughts on “How To Hit Modern Forehand With Spin | Connecting Tennis | Forehand”

  1. Great video. especially for footwork part which a lot other video or books did not explain it so well. But please tune up the audio volume next time if possible

  2. Excellent tennis lesson on the modern forehand. Your teaching method and style is very easy to understand and implement. Can you please create a teaching video on the one handed topspin/drive backhand? Also, can you do a video on the mid court kill shot, i.e., when you have a sitter/short ball from the opponent and you have an opportunity to hit an aggressive approach shot or put it away? I would also like to see you teach forehand and volley technique. Thanks for sharing your expertise and experience with us!

  3. Please put subtitle in spanish? Thanks. In the united states 40 million People speak spanish and in the World 560 million, so that Their video have more visits

  4. I'm deaf, so I haven't really understand what you said but why wouldn't you use both your feet and the modern forehand to give it more power ? Your modern forehand I've been doing it 20 years ago, and still do especially when I want to quickly return to the middle of the court, but when I'm not late to hit, I'd push the left leg forward while still doing the modern forehand to give it even more power + spin. This is something I've been wondering a lot about why nobody wants to do it.

  5. Great lesson: would you please elaborate more with arm extension toward the target? how shoulder rotation relates to the arm and hip? how much shoulder rotation on deep vs. short ball? Thanks, Dan

  6. At about 6:03 you mentioned how the wrist does most of the work to create the spin. My question is are you using your wrist deliberately to kick up through contact on the ball or is that just what naturally happens because of all of the lag created prior to contact? This would really clear up some confusion I have been having for a while. Thanks in advance

  7. me gusta el enfoque del video q muestra toda la panorámica posición de pies…brazos…la cámara lenta bien demostrativo.

  8. i see you are using a western grip, is it possible to generate top spin even with eastern or semi eastern grip? i really find it more natural to have the second one!

  9. Hello Gaston first of all i would like to thank you for your passion in tennis and sharing it with us . Really change my forehand adapting your teaching using my tennis ball machine…i always watch your video at least 5 days a week.
    Got one question .I'm doing pretty good on my forehand using a machine almost 90% i hit the ball solid and clean… but everytime o play a,match.. it not the way i wanted.. not enough power control and most importantly not hitting solid during a match.. i hope you can help me with this.. thank you.

  10. Hola Gastón, qué bonito le pegas a la pelota, sabroso. Felicidades…veo que tus seguidores te hacen muchas preguntas, pero no te veo contestándolas, es importante lo hagas, cuando menos, como una forma de cortesía de parte tuya a tu público…no todo debe ser lecciones de tenis, hay que tener respetillo por el auditorio….tu me das clases de tenis, y yo de comportamiento social, jajajajaja

  11. Estupendo Gastòn…me gusta tu apasionado estilo. Tengo 69 años y soy el campeón de mi club en la categoría de 55 plus…sin embargo, siempre estoy abierto a aprender nuevos tips. Dice un dicho que no se le pueden enseñar nuevos trucos a un perro viejo, jajajajaja….conmigo no es el caso, soy bueno para aprender, sobre todo viendo partidos en vivo. Si llegar a venir por Suiza, te ofrezco mi casa y te des una paseada por este bello país…..abrazo

  12. Few corrections, in a modern forehand, you should not see the racket behind the back of the player as you make your unit turn. Your swing is too loopy and wide in the instruction but when you actually hit the ball you do a good job of keeping the racket beside you. Roger actually had the modern forehand before Nadal came on the scene. He revolutionized tennis during those early years which is why he dominated until Nadal showed up. This lesson is pretty good but it's tough to learn the modern forehand in one big step. There are ways to progress to this which is the best way to learn.

  13. Dude, advice: less talk and more hitting! Number 1, your accent is very unattractive and hard to understand, and, sadly, you talk too much. 2. More than 80% of this video is you, TAKING! No one wants to see prople talking, most talkers just love to hear themselves talk. People want to see hitting. Most of us are visual learners. A picture us worth a 1,000 words!

  14. Truly excellent instruction. Among the best I've seen on You Tube. Please keep including the vocal detail. It is useful and interesting.
    Some questions and comments.
    Racquet drop ( behind you, from the shoulder to the hips): do you use gravity only or do you push the racquet down?
    The flip: this is blocked in your video–the point when the butt of the racquet changes direction from facing you to facing the ball. When filming the FH, please show this. Also, do you try to keep the racquet level for the "flip" or continue to drop it?
    Flat flip vs open flip: you say you like to bring the racquet forward a little open (Nadal style) and not facing the ground (Federer, when the ball is waist high or lower) because it lets you hit the ball more out in front. How does the flip affect how much you can extend forward?
    Legs and power: do you use your legs to add power? If so, how?
    Please consider a video on how to handle high, heavy topspin FHs.
    Thanks for any help

  15. You're one of my favorite channels. Those that criticise don't appreciate the work it takes to record these videos. I've learned a lot from you and I always give you a thumbs up.

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