Hi, this is Jeff Salzenstein, CEO of Tennis Evolution
and USTA High Performance coach and I’ve got a really powerful tip
that is going to help you with your forehand and it has everything to do with what you need to do with the palm of your offhand to hit stellar forehands. In all my years of coaching junior tennis players
and seeing rec players hit forehands I see a common problem with what they do
with their offhand and arm. And a lot of times, these players,
when they swing on their forehand, they actually turn the palm towards the net
as they’re hitting the ball. And what happens is the body opens up too much when you’re trying to make contact
and when you’re trying to swing. The body, also, is not working as a unit. I’m all about fluidity, effortless tennis,
making it feel easier. In order to do so, we’ve got to get this offhand
and this off-arm to work better to be more connected to the body. So, in order to offset this problem, where the hand, the palm, is facing towards the net while swinging, we’ve got to get the palm towards the body like this. Now, let me be clear: the pros, most of the time, the pros have their palm down as they’re swinging, and then the palm comes towards them like this. So, in order to exaggerate this problem,
I actually set people up in this position like this. So, what we’re doing is we’re just exaggerating. This doesn’t mean it’s always going to be like this, but we’ve got to break this habit of
pulling this off-arm out of the way too early and opening the body up too much. We’ve got to get the body more connected. And so, I like the palm facing towards the body
like this with this first move. And if that feels weird, or you don’t want to do that,
feel free to make sure the palm is down but that when you swing, you try to bring the palm towards you more instead of turning the palm away. So, that’s what I want you to practice
the next time you step on the court. It’s going to help your body feel more connected
if you focus on what your offhand and what the palm of your hand is doing
on your forehand especially on the first move
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24 thoughts on “Tennis Forehand | Avoid This “Offhand” Tennis Forehand Technique Mistake”

  1. Hello Sir im from philippines can you discuss your own proper forehand fundamentals? from ready position, backswing and finish?

  2. Hello coach jeff can teach me or discuss what is the proper way to use the wrist in forehand? if its firm or snap? and how? thanks

  3. This is one of the best tips for me. I always feel like I'm not able to transfer the power from my legs up to my body then to my arm. This helps tremendously.

  4. Excellent tip. I tend to pull off early on my forehand side. By incorporating this nugget of goodness, I can feel I'm staying on the ball longer and through more. So much more powerful. Thank you very much

  5. Hi Jeff
    I use my palm towards the net..(off hand) but when I try your new way…i feel no leverage and timing is all off…how can i make the change …to the new way without completely messing my forehand

  6. you're not going to believe this (perhaps you will) but today in practice, I exaggerated my forehand set up with my palm facing towards my body and it actually worked. Hit some big forehands today. Thanks, coach.

  7. Hey great tips Jeff! But how about the one handed backhand, do we need to do something with our off hand while swinging the one handed backhand ??

  8. Forehand myths debunked: Former Top 100 ATP Pro, Jeff Salzenstein, is exposing 3 common myths that could be crippling your forehands potential. Most players make at least 1 of these 3 mistakes… Do you? https://goo.gl/iEXum2

  9. Hi Jeff, Marcelo here from Australia. Thank you for your videos e congrats on your job! Just in regards facing the palm towards to the net, I can see Dominic Thiem doing that..is that alright if you still can make space and hit the ball not to close to the body? Thank you…

  10. Thks but I don t see how the direction the palm of the hand is facing impacts early opening of the shoulder??

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