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Tennis Forehand Swing Easy Power

tennis forehand swing

Tennis Forehand Swing Easy Power

How do some tennis players make their forehand swing look so easy?

They seem to glide across the court and smack winners from every position. Their eyes stay on the contact point as they hit every shot in the sweet spot. The ball flys off of their racquet with effortless power. This could be you!

Effortless Power is also called EASY power. Don’t overcomplicate it.  Create EASY power on the tennis court with your forehand swing by following these tips below.

To create easy power throughout a tennis match, you need to create leverage in your forehand swing.

Tennis Forehand Swing Leverage

These are the things to remember:

  • Focus on feeling the energy transfer between your feet and the court.
  • Stay in a dynamic athletic stance while hitting.
  • Maintain great posture and a tight core.
  • Prepare your racquet head above your hand.
  • Allow your racquet to generate momentum during weight transfer.

 

Tennis Forehand Swing
To create consistent effortless power you need to create leverage in your tennis forehand swing.

 

Why this works:

Your larger sets of muscles will coil and apply force through the ground. As a result, energy will transfer through your body and your racquet will produce EASY power.

 

Here are the top 5 ways players lose leverage:

  1. Lifting out of stroke too early
  2. Gripping too tight
  3. Late unit turn
  4. Non-dynamic stance
  5. Tension in arm

 

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How players lose leverage?

Tennis Forehand Swing Non-Dominant Training

The forehand swing requires dynamic balance and core strength for effortless power. Practice hitting with your non-dominant stroke to notice imbalances in your body. Imbalances may cause inefficiencies in your swing.

An efficient forehand swing looks easy because it is rid of unnecessary movements.

Tennis Forehand Swing Non-Dominant Drill:

Practice 10 non-dominant topspin Forehands and backhands while gaining kinesthetic awareness. Take away any concern as to whether or not your shots land in the court. This is a great drill to practice on a wall.

tennis forehand swing
Practice hitting with your non-dominant swing to notice imbalances in your body that may be causing inefficiencies in your tennis game.

Do you notice any tightness in your shoulders in the unit turn?
Are you extending your swings towards the target?
How is your grip tension at the end of the stroke?
Do the stances feel comfortable or awkward on either side?
Were you able to consistently hit the sweet spot on your forehand swing?

Why this works

You must keep the non-hitting side of your body strong and stable during your forehand swing. Over or underdevelopment of one side of your body can cause you lose fluidity. You will sacrifice power if you lose fluidity.  An efficient forehand swing looks easy because it is rid of unnecessary movements. Symmetry in your body can help you create easy power on your forehand swing.

Tennis forehand swing aggressive footwork

It’s easy to get lulled to sleep by a slower shot. Don’t fall into this trap. Take away opponent’s time by preparing early for every forehand swing. Don’t be complacent with just getting to the ball. You need to beat the ball to the bounce. Focus on using maximum athleticism to create space between your body and the ball.

You must practice your tennis forehand swing at an intensity that best prepares you for a match.

 

tennis forehand swing
Continue to push yourself to split step right before your opponent makes contact.

Continue to push yourself to split step right before your opponent makes contact. Put extra pressure on your opponent by recovering quickly. Take away the opponent’s reaction time with your aggressive positioning.

You may find that you get tired quicker by exerting more effort from the lower half of the body. If this is the case, take more breaks and stay hydrated. With consistent practice, you will notice an increase in speed in your first step to the ball. The efficiency created in your footwork will help create maximum leverage on your tennis forehand swing.

 

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Tennis Forehand Swing Effort

How much effort should be applied by your hitting arm during the forehand swing?

Not much.

Your hitting arm is along for the ride. It is propelled through your hitting zone by the energy created from the ground up. Let your arm go in order to find the swing path of least resistance.

 

Try this drill:

Get on an exercise bike. Warm up for five minutes and then gradually increase the resistance or difficulty on the bike.

You should start to feel many muscles in your legs engaged as you are driving the pedals forward.

Keep your core tight and shoulders back.
Eyes forward.
Continue to breathe.

Let your arms hang weightless by your sides.

Your arms should move in a motion that resembles an afternoon stroll in the park.
The arms are propelled by the legs.

If you’re death gripping the handles to maximize leverage through the pedals, you’ve got it all wrong. Let go.

Why This Works 

Gain the sensation of working hard with the lower half of the body while keeping calm with the upper half of the body. This is how the energy best transfers from the ground to the racquet.

The question is, Is hitting a forehand can be as easy as riding a bike?

It can be if you replace technique with functional movements and exercises.

The technique can be arduous to both the student and teacher but functional movements are fun!

You can learn the efficient form of the tennis forehand swing by practicing my10sfriends functional tennis movements in the Secrets of the Modern Forehand Video Course.

 

tennis forehand swing

 

Train your muscles to work together and simulate the movements produced in a stroke. Then, you will gain muscle memory. To compete at a high level in today’s game you must be able to create effortless power with strokes that utilize the strength, coordination, and balance of your entire body.

Tennis Forehand Swing Angle

Not all tennis player’s forehands will look the same. An efficient tennis forehand swing will produce similar angles throughout the stroke. These powerful angles are recognizable from different perspectives on the court. Each of these angles will continue to evolve. The modern tennis forehand of top players utilizes equipment technology and sports science.

Angular stance

  • Heels off of the ground
  • Large angle of flex from the right leg
  • Bend in the left leg
  • Sitting in an imaginary chair
  •  tension is created from upper body coil.
  • Strong core/good posture

 

tennis forehand swing
An efficient tennis forehand swing will have to produce similar shapes throughout the stroke that are recognizable from different perspectives on the court.

The forehand backswing or unit turn may differ in style from player to player.  The selected backswing must be efficient.  You must find the backswing that allows for best leverage and transfer of energy.  Don’t overcomplicate it.  Your preparation on the forehand swing must set you up to hit EASY power.

Set it 

  • The racquet is taken back with left arm.
  • Right elbow is set
  • Racquet above hand
  • Racquet on edge
tennis forehand swing
The modern forehand is an angular stroke. Remember this to properly execute the tennis forehand swing.

Elements that create powerful angles in the tennis forehand swing:

  • Leg Strength
  • Core Strength
  • Rotational Flexibility
  • Energy Stored in Coil
  • Dynamic Balance
  • Static Balance
  • Great Posture
  • Efficient Energy Transfer

 

These elements of the forehand swing should be looked at with a critical eye.  Many players try to improve their forehand swing with technical swing adjustments alone but it’s not enough.  Don’t get caught up adding complicated movements to your swing. Efficiency is created in the foundation.

Load 

  • The correct coil creates 7 Angle.
  • The right arm is set.
  • Left arm extended
  • Racquet above hand
  • Racquet on edge
tennis forehand swing
The loaded power position for the tennis forehand swing.

Why This Works 

A consistent loaded power position will help create Easy power in your forehand swing.  Furthermore, a balanced 7 angle promotes balance and energy storage.

Tennis Forehand Swing Easy Power Conclusion

An efficient forehand swing looks easy because it is rid of unnecessary movements.

Your larger sets of muscles will coil and apply force through the ground to create leverage.

Take away opponent’s time by preparing early for every forehand swing.

Energy will transfer through your body and your racquet will produce EASY power.

Next, keep the non-hitting side of your body strong and stable during your forehand swing.

Gain fluidity by developing powerful athletic angles.

Let the ball fly off your racquet.

Most importantly, Make a commitment to practice drills that help you gain easy power in your forehand swing.

 

Written by:

Coach Eric
USPTA Elite Professional
Director of Tennis at My10sFriends Academy
Director of Tennis at Woodfield Hunt Club in Boca Raton, Fl
Graduate of Ferris State University’s Professional Tennis Management Program

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