Welcome to the first part of the Roger Federer
Forehand video analysis series. Now in this series, I want to take a close look at what
makes Roger’s forehand so great and also talk about some of the concepts that you can apply
to your own forehand. With his forehand, Roger can do just about
anything he wants from anywhere on the court. He can hit the ball with heavy topspin, he
can hit the ball flat, he can create short cross-court angles, and he can also block
the ball if really fast balls are coming into his forehand. Now this is in large part due
to his great technique and it all starts with Roger’s forehand grip.
Here you can see an image of Roger with his forehand grip. This is taken just after a
forehand shot where he’s still has his forehand grip in hand and hasn’t changed the grip at
all. Now Roger has a very conservative grip with his index knuckle on bevel number 3 which
often called an Eastern Forehand grip. Let’s take a look at a close-up here of Roger’s
forehand grip. The circle that you see here is Roger’s index knuckle and as we can see,
it is positioned along the side of the racket on bevel number 3.
Here you see an image from my Tennis Grips video where I showed the Eastern Forehand
grip. Now on the right side, you can see the index knuckle and the heel pad as reference
points and bevel number 3 is on the outside of the racket as you can see. If you haven’t
seen my Tennis Grips video, I highly recommend you go ahead and watch that one. You can find
it on the Youtube Channel. The Eastern Forehand grip that Roger uses
has a lot of advantages. It allows you to effectively deal with low balls as well as
high balls. You can hit flat shots and you can also hit with heavy topspin. One other
big advantage is the fact that from this grip, the switch to your backhand grip goes a lot
quicker because you have a shorter distance to move your hand and this is a big advantage
when you’re under time pressure. Two common examples where this comes into play are the
return of serve and when you’re dealing with really fast balls especially on fast surfaces
where you have to make quick switches from forehand to backhand and the other way around.
Now that we know about Roger’s forehand grip, let’s take a look at the beginning of the
swing which is the unit turn. Here we saw Roger with his feet in the air
just before coming back to the ground for a split step. And here you can see the split
step. Now this is the important part. From here, Roger’s going to start with the unit
turn. Let’s take a look at that in super slow motion. As you can see, Roger initiates the
backswing by turning his entire body as a unit. He’s turning shoulders and the hips
until he gets into this fully coiled position. Let’s take a look at that a few more times
so that you get a really good visual idea of what the unit turn should look like. As
we can see, Roger’s really just turning the body and his arms are doing almost nothing
and that’s a crucial aspect. Most players make the mistake of initiating the backswing
with the arm and not using the body enough. One aspect that really helps with the unit
turn is to keep the left hand on the throat of the racket while you’re turning. Let’s
take a closer look at that. As you can see, Roger keeps his left hand on the throat of
the racket all the way until right here. From this position, he lets go of the racket with
the left hand but continues to straighten out that left arm and gets it all the way
parallel to the baseline which you can see right here. This is another crucial position
and getting that arm parallel to the baseline really assures that you properly turn your
body. From here, Roger’s going to let the racket drop and start his forward swing which
we’ll talk about in the next video. Okay, so much for Part 1 of this Roger Federer
Forehand Video Analysis series. We talked about Roger’s conservative grip and the advantages
that it brings with it. We also talked about the unit turn and the importance of keeping
your left hand on the throat of the racket while you’re turning as well as straightening
out that left arm, and getting that parallel to the baseline to ensure that you get a full
upper body turn. If you enjoyed this video, I’d like ask you
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100 thoughts on “Roger Federer Forehand Analysis Part 1”

  1. if you want to learn about the physics of tennis and what really separates great strokes from good ones go to a sit called revolutionary tennis

  2. Hi man, I just started to play tennis now and I am an absolute beginner, could you held me with choising the right racket for me to study tennis lessons… Thanks

  3. you should get a tweener raquet preferably a wilson steam (not the weird 16/15 pattern unless you want lots of topspin) or a babolat with similar specs to Nadal's or even a head microgel midsize if you want more weight on the tip of the raquet.

  4. see but the thing is there is no real difference. the difference between you and federer is innate tennis ability and athletic talent. Both you and Federer essentially do the same thing on your forehands (im assuming since you execute the fundamentals), he can just execute those fundamentals much better and faster because of his natural tennis talent and the amount of time he has spent practicing said fundamentals.

  5. This is true for point play. But think of a single shot. If somebody feeds us balls both to me and to Federer he would still hit better although athleticism wouldn't be a factor. Sure, Federer can outrun me and has better hand eye coordination, but this is not our only difference. What remains is technique, and this should be explainable.

  6. Thanks for the video. Your pronunciation, although quite good, could be improved by correcting the way you pronounce THE. Specifically, if the next word starts with a consonant sound, then it's pronounced "THUH" (ex: THUH ball) — not "THEE" (ex: THEE event" .

    As a native English speaker, I am very sensitive to this difference. Saying THEE everywhere makes your speech sound labored. Just a helpful hint.

  7. If you are going to made a video of Roger Federer forehand , take an old video , where he made high preparation for his forehand stroke , he nearly fly in the air when he made that forehand , in this video You show a old Roger , with a low preparation in his forehand . Just take a moment and look and old video , when he was 22 years old and You will see the different .

  8. I like the way Mr. Federer is using his non hitting hand to assist in preparing his shoulder rotation. He lets his shoulder rotation forward bring his non hitting hand forward to help maintain his balance. Keeping the non hitting hand on the throat of the racket will help discipline his footwork. Well done! "THE TENNIS GUY!"

  9. Hi Florian. You always do a great analysis. Thanks. Can you possibly show if Roger's mechanics in dealing with high and heavy balls to the forehand are the same? Does he still do the same unit turn, racket drop below the hight of the ball and the wrist flex? Also what about his backhand and high balls? Thanks.

  10. His index finger knuckle is on 3, but his hand heel is between 3 and 4 which does not make it 100% eastern forehand grip.

  11. You do a great job with this video like you do on all of your videos.  Most people are visual learners.  Consequently, your website is very valuable.  I'd recommend it to anyone.   Long-time high school tennis coach; Columbia, MO

  12. good information. I knew as soon as you described the grip in relation to the knuckle of the index finger and heel pad, that you must be familiar with Vic Braden or Steve Smith

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  14. le secret  de la facilité apparente  , bras le plus tendu , pour profité au maximum  du retour complet  du poignet casse avant a plus de 90 degres et accelerer  la tete de raquette  sans forcer . qq degres d'angle en plus d'acceleration  que la moyenne des  joueurs  font la difference , idem pour nadal …

  15. Such cool video!!!! Federer es mi gallo, and watching him in slow motion, a close look to his grip, and his unit turn, is a delightful lesson!!!! Will watch it overand over to create the visual info in my brain, hehe
    Thank you thank you!!!


  17. That's not correct what you said about moving to your backhand grip from the modified eastern. The semi-western grip is in fact closer to the eastern backhand if you were to rotate the racquet counter-clockwise in your hand. The eastern forehand grip is actually the forehand grip farthest away from the backhand grip because it's halfway between the two potential eastern backhand grip spots.

  18. Not sure why people complain about Federer forehand grip explanation (most of them are probably the people who use semi-western I assume =)  It's pretty obvious that RF uses more conservative grip than most guys on the tour. To me, this is the main reason why he can deal with fast balls or big serves better than more extreme grippers. Balls won't fly if you learn how to manage the racket face at the contact. I teach my kids with more conservative grip. Yes, you can hit a "modern forehand" with an eastern grip.

  19. Is Rogers forehand so good mainly because of the grip and technique? Could I have as good as a forehand but with a different grip or is the eastern grip such a big part of his forehand?

  20. Awful analysis. The breaks in his sentences were very irritating. In general he made good points but he needs to work on his speaking. There are videos out there with no one speaking those are 100 times better than this one.

  21. great video key to a great forehand you hit across the body full back swing use the weight of your back leg to generate the power -your head must be in ronation where you intend to hit the ball like a golf shot

  22. superb lesson, very clear and easy to understand. put the tips to practice on the weekend and got great results. I tend to push the ball against slow serves, this help me to avoid that. thank you.

  23. Hence he finishes where he finishes, the finish with thr eastern grip is higher than where he finishes under the shoulder.

  24. sir , would  you please do something like this video  for P Sampras forehand  too…..I personally believe Pete's forehand was THE best forehand of ALL time ., Nobody has done anything like that for his forehand….Your explanations are  so clear and you are doing fantastic job….. I really appreciated what you have done for US . thank you

  25. Could you please make a video teaching how to do drills on your own when we have no partner. That would be a great help. Thanks again for all your videos.

  26. What do you think of my semi-western forehand???


  27. Hi florian, Great video, i was wondering about the forehand takeback. on the take back and unit turn. should i be trying to extend my right arm so my elbow is futher away from my body?

    I feel as right now my turn and take back is too close to my body, i wonder what the effect of that would be on my forehand (power generation) technique etc.


  28. I have no idea how roger keeps watching the ball onto the racquet. In slo motion other top players just don't do this the same way. I'd get a headache.

  29. Yes his grip is Eastern true but his physiology, flexibility, hand length and rigid arm extension allows him to contact the ball like a western forehand imparting spin naturally and giving him the wheelhouse he has. This will be able to be replicated by 1 out of 10,000 top pros. There are a lot of great takeaways however the replication of this forehand is a perfect storm. In my lifetime of playing at 5.0 and better tennis I have only seen 1 other forehand like this and it didn't belong to a pro. Junior kid from NJ this year. Breathtaking. Great vid though.

  30. Florian, it looks like your grip is more a mixed grip whereas Roger's looks like a pure Eastern forehand grip, where the points on the hand that you mentioned are on the side bevel.

  31. Fed is not an eastern forehand but rather a semiwestern first tier!! To use the index knuckle as the basis for determining the grip is faulty at best!! We all come with different hand sizes and use different grip sizes according to preference so the only part of the hand that we can consistently relate to one another is the bridge between the thumb and the index finger!

  32. Amazing how much his forehand improved from the Sampras imitating days of his yough.

    This forehand is FAR superior, compact,. versatile, DANGEROUS!

  33. Your grip is not his grip his is from knuckle to tip of ulna or paralleling our life line their miles different and his left arm is trying to get above the right and because the left collar bone is tilted that High has nothing to do with the base line in fact it’s right angle to ball flight that’s coming.

  34. Great footage! I don't like the phrase "less forward and more up". I think you mean, the trajectory of the swingpath is slightly steeper therefore imparting more topspin. To say otherwise would mean that he is shortening his stroke, which he very rarely does. His extension through the shot is a huge part of the reason for his ridiculous forehand. All the best ball strikers of all time have the same extension, Agassi, Nalbandian, Del Potro, Nadal, Djokovic, etc

  35. This series of 3 videos about Roger's forehand is by far the best explanation of it I've ever seen!  I especially liked your discussion of his grip, which I've heard mentioned many times as being an Eastern Forehand, but never heard the reason why.  One thing you didn't mention, which I think is true, is that I've heard that Roger likes to take the ball early, which I think means that the ball is lower at ball contact, for which an Eastern Forehand grip is better (the semi-Western grip being better for high-bouncing balls, which happen more often now because there is more topspin used these days, resulting in players choosing the semi-Western Forehand grip over the Eastern grip).

  36. Hey Florian, I really like your instructional videos. I myself am a really huge fan of Roger Federer. This video made me understand how Federer can hit such a huge and effective forehand. Keep up the good work and I hope to hear from you more in the future! 🤜🏼🎾🤛🏼 ❤️

  37. Great analysis! It's very helpful. If you have a camera on your computer, try this: https://replayme.app/#/practice-video/27/?utm_source=cmtytb&utm_medium=c&utm_campaign=ffs&utm_content=VK-9puanoRo It's a web app that helps you copy his movement. Disclaimer: I made this web app.;-)

  38. Maybe I am mistaken but it looks like, in the very first example of your analysis, that Federer slightly adjust his grip towards bevel 4, hits, and then goes back to 3, like if it was a routine that goes always back to a central position. In my opinion to be equally far from his back and forehand position. What do you guys think? Just my imagination?

  39. hate to correct your english as a german but you only pronounce "the" as "thee" before a vocal sound, not before a consonant. "Thee angle" but "the corner", also "the unit turn"

  40. Thaks a lot, man. I´m a tenist player of week end, I´m only amateur but your but your analysis of tennis helps me to improve my game at the club the weekends. I will continue watching your videos. thanks a lot against.

  41. Nice video. The truth is that there are many grip styles as there are players, each adding his own little twist, like NADAL who has a crazy follow through which NO other player has…a bizarre snap or twirl of the wrist behind his head at the end of his stroke.

    It is gratifying to see that FEDERER, the greatest player of all time, plays with the same type of old fashioned CONSERVATIVE grip that most of us older players all were brought up to play with from the era of ROD LAVER and company.

    It is a mystery to me how so many of the young players use that exaggerated western grip where their index knuckle is on bevel 4 or 5 and where their wrists seem to be turned upside down or inside out and to do that without breaking their wrist bones.

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