Thank You Harry we’re here we’re on tennis academy we’re gonna teach everybody how to hit a forehand the way they pros do it Nadal Djokovic norwich Sophina you name it we’re going to teach it to you right now so the first thing we’re going to learn is how to hold the racket the grip is one of the most important things because if you can’t hold the racket the right way then it’s going to be very hard to learn the proper technique so this is how you learn an Eastern grip it’s very simple in money you have a racket sitting on top of the table at your house and you just come and simply put the palm of your hand on top of the grip like this and that is the eastern grip the first thing we’re going to learn today is a split step split step is a little jump you take right before your opponent hits the ball and that way as he hits it you land the split step and your muscles will be able to react towards where the ball has been hit after you taking the split step and you find out the balls coming to your forehand which is what we’re learning today you got to measure your distance you got to be away from the ball enough so you can lean into the shot and go forward make sure your distance so now you got your split step and your distance and now you have to make sure as soon as you see the ball is coming to your forehand you start rotating your shoulders and your hips as you take the racket back so now we’re ready to hit the ball this is the position we’re in before we hit the ball now we have to start moving the racket towards the ball and this is how you do it the racket needs to come down as the left arm wipes across in this way the racket comes down left arm opens now the racket is under the ball make sure you don’t make the mistake of going from here to here you got to calm down as you wipe with your left arm very important because then you create the rotation of your shoulders and your hips now something that is going to separate your forehand from everybody else’s is how heavy you for tennis you create that heaviness that we talked about the ball will spin a lot and will explode of the bounce will make it uncomfortable for your opponent it’s the snap when hit the ball the snap is sort of a windshield wiper motion that starts a little bit before you hit the ball that creates the heavy topspin very important when you hit the ball is to keep your head down make sure not to move your head along with the ball when the ball has left the racket you’re going to keep your head there for a fraction of a second after the ball had left the racket I can’t emphasize this enough your extension at contact has to be there for the snap to happen so don’t remember this position of your arm very important so now we make contact with the ball and we got a follow-through ask after the snap in that little windshield wiper motion the momentum will take the racket here make sure you don’t try to follow-through up that is gone it’s over now you have to make sure you follow through goes here to the side with the racket head pointing down at the end now your feet of course are very important in this whole equation we’re going to learn open stance so open stance is simply this you’re basically standing facing the court and that’s it you’re going to turn when you feed the same way you have them and get ready to hit the ball as you can see I pivot my left leg and turn my right leg that way that’s pretty much it it allows me to turn my hips in my shoulders and then as I hit the ball I reverse that now I’m pivoting my right planting my left after the split step like we saw earlier you’re going to cross over with your left and at the same time the racket goes back left arm is to the side like we saw now open up with your right and now you’re ready to rotate and explode onto the ball obviously very important this equation are you nice you got to bend your knees you hear that all the time bend your knees bend your knees why do you bend your knees because you need the force of your body going into the shot so as you are in this position here and you’re going to hit the ball that force needs to go into the ball as you hit it so I’ve been rotate now commonly make mistake after you do that motion is people don’t stay with the ball players try to go back to the middle too soon be patient stay with the shot so when you load up your knees and you explode onto the ball make sure you don’t go this way you gotta stay there sometimes you’re going to have to run to the ball without running forehand at that point after you hit the ball you’re going to have to take two steps you have to make sure you do it the two steps are this you’re running then all of a sudden you get to the ball but the momentum is carrying you this way as you hit you’re going to have to right left and stay balanced so now you took the two steps you’re done with the shot now you need to recover to recover you need to cross over make sure you’re facing forward as you cross over open hips facing forward and split and just remember I just told you a lot of things it’s going to be hard to remember all of them at once so one thing at a time you can do it you

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100 thoughts on “Tennis Tips – Forehand – RItennisacademy.com – Mario Llano – Learn How To Hit a Forehand”

  1. Too complicated, too much emphasis on feet rather than hands and hand-eye coordination. Oscar Wegner is still the best imo.

  2. very good coach, physically fit, young, and very experienced in the techniques of modern tennis.

  3. this is excellent instruction and break down of all the components of a forehand.. Too many videos on here only cover one or two aspects of the stroke. I love this! easy to understand, good demonstration, not too much talking, well edited. Where do you teach?

  4. I'll probably get flamed for this, but I really don't see what is so hard about the technique of a forehand. I have never had a tennis lesson in my life, and I knew all the stuff this guy said – really just common sense if you think about try to hit through the ball with topspin. The hard part is getting the muscle memory and consistency down to hit the shot well, but the technique is pretty simple.

  5. No its not gone, different grips and height of balls result in different follow through's .
    Unfortunately many coaches copy players and other coaches and don't understand what they teach most of the times .

  6. my coach is epic she was number 50 – 34 in the world 1970 – 1980 its true her name is adriana something but look it up message me back if you know who she is oh ya and number 5 in doubles now shes a elder not raelly like 50

  7. wow, absolutely incredible, this one simple video has improved my tennis game so much. the follow through to your head doesnt work anymore, cross your chest is definitely the way to go, a lot more spin and power.

  8. The coach omits the name of Roger Federer in the beginning. Goes on to show that no matter how technically sound you are, it is impossible to play the forehand the way Federer does:)

  9. Great video. Short and sweet. One thing I was a little confused about is the grip. I always thought the ww forehand was hit with a semi-western grip, but you talk about the eastern grip, correct?

  10. The grip that he talked about and demonstrated (the eastern forehand grip) is not used by any of the players he mentioned. Those players use a semi western grip. Concerning the finishes, which one is correct (over the shoulder, on the side of your body, or in your pocket)? They are all correct. It all has to do with your court positioning when you hit the shot (close to net = in your pocket, at the back fence = over the shoulder or even reverse finish).

  11. Hi Mario, im just wondering which fingers do i have to use to grip the racquet?All fingers? Thumb+index+middle, middle+ring+pinky etc..?Because a high level player once told me that middle+ring is sufficient since it allows more flexibility on my wrist and make my hand to move freely as long as i don't grip tightly, and the index is used to drive the racquet during motion.I agree with him on some points because with the all fingers grip my racquet motion is completely unatural.Thx a lot!

  12. if the raquet follow through over the shoulder is something that's over, gone as he says, why does he do it himself?! Just watch the very last time he hits the forehand in the vid, at 5.46

  13. Hello Mario, thank you for your advices. So good. I tremendously improved my two handed backhand after watching your lesson here. Now I can hit winners also with my forehand, thanx.
    I wonder if you have to do a similar wrist snap (like the one for 2HB) also for the forehand. Do you do it? Same way?

  14. " Now I can hit winners also with my forehand, thanx." sorry… I mean: Now I can hit winners also with my backhand, of course.

  15. Hey coach Llano I don't understand the whole wipe across and racket drop part of your lesson. Could you give me some more examples or go more in depth in explaining that to me on that?

  16. This is an excellent video! You keep it simple yet cover the range of necessary points. That takes a lot of work and expertise! Great job! Thank you!

  17. It's rather because Federer's forehand is slightly different from the one shown here, in the sense that he swings more from the shoulder and lets the arm extend all the way through contact.

  18. No two persons grab a racquet the same way when its lying on the ground. Mario should just say "place the index base knuckle on bevel #3 for the Eastern grip and on bevel #4 for the Semi-Western grip (for more topspin)

  19. i am sending this video to all my tennis partners and friendsq, as it is of a great quality. It's really a very modern perfect technic! Thanks MARIO

  20. I didn't really know of any other way to use a forehand grip. I've just been unconsciously using semi western for as long as I can remember. Only time I switch it up is when I use continental for serving.

  21. technically, if know which way the ball is coming during the split step
    then u will reach the ball a step faster right?

  22. Despite what you are saying you are following through high at abou 3 something minute of the clip. So I guess high follow throughs are not dead yet.

  23. What do you mean by conventional? If you mean Eastern, you technically can, but you'd have to meet the ball far out front, and the wrist would be more active, which defeats the point of the windshield wiper forehand. Use semi-western or western with the windshield wiper; the wrist is passive, and rotation comes from the forearm.

  24. Everything on the foot work is right, but the pro's don't windshield wipe. I know your wrong because you didn't teach any pro's.

  25. the most great video you are great teacher guy,..i am the beginner  you teach it very clear and easy also it is natural hit the ball ,it is very usefull perfect ,
    thank you so much 

  26. "Make sure you don't follow thru up. That is over".  Really? Sorry, but your credibility went straight to the toilet with comments like that.

  27. Mario, great instructions.  You have completely and accurately demonstrated the vital elements of what is now called the "ATP" (professional) forehand. Thanks.

  28. Mario tries, but, I gotta agree that when he says that the "low to high is over," he lost me. Sorry, but physics hasn't changed since Mario (or anyone) became an instructor. Take a look at slow motion film shot at 30,000 frames. You will change that tip.

  29. Great video.
    You have summed up the entire forehand and footwork very nicely.
    The Follow-through will very depending on the player and the amount of spin a player wants.
    But overall great job!!!!!!

  30. You said that the forehand should not go over your shoulder

    Rafa Novak and williams all go over the shoulder to name name just a few

  31. He said that the snap is right before the contact but that isnt right , they are tons of slow videos on internet where you can see clearly that the snap of the racket wiper, starts after the racket make contact trough ball.The video doesnt lie but for human eye is imposible to see .

  32. You only have to watch djork or williams or nadal to see the racket ends up over their shoulder not round their waist like you suggest .

  33. When you demonstrate racket head goes round your body bit when you hit our racket head goes over your shoulder

  34. THANK YOU, gotta play with my mentor for the first time as he has been busy, he's 57, I'm 19, so I don't want him running for the tennis ball all the time lol

  35. a tremendous help to prevent forehand breaking down in a middle of the match, hope to see you take the backhand breakdown to the next level, like you did with the forehand!!!Thankyou again.

  36. Cool tips…thanks…Would prefer if you could summarize the points on the end of the video or in the summary section.

  37. Hi Mario, this is one of the best videos on learning how to hit a modern forehand. Thank you very much for sharing it, I have also watched the video on "the angle", which was also very helpful. One thing I would like to ask you is how far you take the racquet back? Any recommendations from your side would be very much appreciated. Martin

  38. very informative and complete instructions. Come up with many more videos other coaches don't touch up on . Great

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