Have You Ever Wondered What It Would Feel Like To Hit A Powerful Forehand… Effortlessly?
I’m sure you’ve seen the forehand swing of pros… They make it look so easy… Gliding across the court and smacking winners from every position. Their eyes staying on the contact point as they hit every shot in the sweet spot. The ball flying off of their racquet with effortless power.
But the secrets of the powerful forehand aren’t just for the tennis stars like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic…
Now you can master these secrets too.
You see, Effortless Power is also called EASY power, but many students tend to overcomplicate it and they struggle to reach their full potential. If that sounds like you, then I’m sure you’re seriously willing to do something about it. The only trouble is, you’ve tried all sorts of confusing technical instruction, but still had your stroke let you down in the biggest moments of the match. So where is the solution to our problem? Must we give up achieving greatness as tennis players? Do we have to struggle for years to start seeing the results?
The answer is NO! Believe it or not, there is a way to create EASY power on your shots and make fast progress. There is a way to overcome the forehand obstacles and end the frustration.
The answer to the problem comes from my 14 years on court experience as an Elite Tennis Professional and having corrected every tennis forehand swing problem imaginable. I can show you the inside secrets I KNOW (from experience) will actually work.
This isn’t “book learning.” This is straight from the source.
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First, I want you to get a “taste” of what you can get from the video course… Take a look at these 5 easy to understand steps to hit an effortless forehand. My students say there is nothing like it for anybody who wants to start creating EASY power on their forehand swing.
These are the steps:
- Maximize leverage of your body
- Master your left hand
- Dominate court positioning with footwork
- Swing less hard for more power
- Create perfect angles in your swing
- Fix power problems easily with simple corrections
And now in more detail…
Maximize leverage of your body
To key to consistent effortless power is being able to create leverage in your tennis forehand swing.
Here’s how to get started:
- Gain the sensation that your feet are gripping the court right before you are ripping your shot. Energy transfer in your tennis forehand swing starts from the ground up with your feet! Imagine that you are climbing up a rocky mountain, you must have the confidence that your feet have secured your balance or you will fall! You must feel this type of grip to the court right before you nail your shot. Without proper balance on the court, it’s difficult to transfer energy into the shot.
- Stay in an athletic stance while hitting. An athletic stance will lower your playing height and allow you to use your legs and hips to generate power. An athletic stance increases the likelihood that you will produce more leverage in your shot. Many sports require an athletic stance for optimal performance, such as defense in basketball and football or shortstop in baseball. A perfect stance in tennis is a stance that puts you in the best athletic position to react fastest to your opponent’s shots.
- Maintain great posture and a tight core. Hit from the core! But what does this mean? This means avoid any unnecessary bending at your waist during your tennis forehand swing. If you are bending at your waist, you are probably moving your head. Imagine as if you were wearing a cone on your head during your swing. Are you keeping your head still enough during your stroke to keep the cone from falling off your head? Eliminate unnecessary movements by maintaining a tight core and you will increase leverage for easy power.
- Allow your racquet to generate momentum during weight transfer. Start with your racquet head positioned above your hand, as shown in the video below. This position allows you to create momentum in your swing as the racquet head falls before going forward. If your racquet head starts below the level of the ball on a swing, you will need to use muscle to start your forward swing rather than momentum. Momentum is NOT a muscle and should require no extra “effort” in your tennis forehand swing.
Remember! To create consistent effortless power you need to create leverage in your tennis forehand swing.
This works! You are sure to experience a very significant and dramatic increase in power.
How can I make such a strong guarantee? The answer is simple: You see, 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.
In other words… Easy power will only occur when you are working with energy rather than against it. Your larger sets of muscles will coil and apply force through the ground to create leverage.
Here are the top 5 ways players lose leverage (read these easy-to-understand points and you’ll know more about leverage than most tennis players will learn in years):
- Lifting out of stroke too early. Many players have the tendency of looking up to see where their shot has landed before they’ve even completed the stroke. You’re probably aren’t going to like what you see, if this is the case. You must trust that your energy transfer will allow you to put maximum power and control in your shot. You must stay with your stroke until completion and fight the urge to look up and see if your shot was a good one. You must possess the confidence of knowing your shot will be a good one when you stay with your swing. Don’t fight the end of your stroke- feel it.
- Gripping too tight. Energy transfer will abruptly stop at your grip if you are holding the racquet too tightly. Hold the racquet just tight enough so that the racquet doesn’t fly out of your hand during your swing. If the racquet is“twisting” in your hand during your swing with a loose grip, you need to focus on staying with your shot and hitting several shots in a row in the sweet spot.
- Preparing late. It’s easy to get jammed by opponent’s shots if you unit turn late. You must be able to turn your upper body in the direction of your stroke immediately after opponent’s contact with the ball. Tension must be created by looking over your non-dominant shoulder before opponent’s shot travels more than a few feet. Many players move before using a proper unit turn which gets them jammed when they arrive at the ball. Once you are jammed, it becomes difficult to produce leverage. A proper unit turn puts your body in the most athletic position to move in the direction of opponent’s incoming shot.
- Standing casually. A strong foundation is essential for a confident stroke. Many players focus too much on the upper body and under emphasize the importance of standing like an athlete. A dynamic stance ensures that you’ve sent a message to the opponent. A message that says, “I will be ready for any shot you send over the net.” Many players get into a habit of looking too casual on the court. This can easily be improved with more leg bend.
- Keeping tension in arm. Many players try to force their stroke to be more effective. The muscles of your hand must remain elastic and flexible. A tense arm causes a decrease in racquet speed and abrupt contact points. It’s difficult to control a topspin shot with a tense arm. Make sure to always warmup with a few arm and shoulder stretches.
Master your left hand
That’s right, find your success as a lefty… or as a righty… depending on which one is your dominant side.
Remember one thing… hitting with your non-dominant forehand swing is great to find imbalances in your body and inefficiencies in your stroke. It has been practiced by Many top players, and it really works. If you are serious about improving your timing and coordination, non-dominant stroke training may well be the solution to your problem.
The Perfect Tennis Forehand Swing Non-Dominant Drill:
Practice 10 non-dominant topspin Forehands and backhands while gaining kinesthetic awareness.
Don’t worry about whether or not your shots land in the court.
As shown in video, a right handed player practicing left forehands and right backhands.
This is a great drill to practice on a wall.
As you drill with your non dominant stroke-
- 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?
- Are you better at transferring weight on your forehand or backhand swing?
- Do the stances feel comfortable or awkward on either side?
- Are you able to consistently hit the sweet spot on both swings?
Why this drill works very well? Actually, there are two reasons:
- Non dominant training helps you to figure out if you have any tightness or lack of mobility on either side of your body. Symmetry in your body helps you create easy power on your forehand swing.
- Non dominant stroke practice can lead to many AHHA moments in your swing. Stroke concepts start to naturally work for you and help you understand any technical instruction you’d struggled with.
Be aware – imbalances in your body will cause you to lose fluidity in your tennis forehand swing. Always remember this: You will sacrifice power if you lose fluidity.
Dominate court positioning with footwork
How to find yourself in a great position on the tennis court to set yourself up to hit a great shot every time!
All you need, really, is to use your footwork. That’s it. Don’t make the mistake of swinging too hard without proper positioning and balance.
“You can’t fire a cannon out of canoe”
It’s easy to get lulled to sleep by a slower shot. Don’t fall into this trap. Take away the opponent’s time by preparing early for every forehand swing.
Here’s how to do it:
First, you need to beat the ball to the bounce. But don’t be complacent with just getting to the ball.
The real secret to early preparation is finding a position that will give you space to complete your swing.
Focus on using maximum athleticism to create distance between your body and the ball.
Once you’ve created space with aggressive footwork, you will discover easy power in your tennis forehand swing.
In the video below, notice the shuffle steps taken to move aggressively for the runaround forehand swing.
Incorporate shuffle steps in your practice and match warmup.
Notice the combination of crossover and shuffle steps used in recovery. Make sure to practice crossover steps in your practice or match warmup. And always practice your footwork at an intensity that best prepares you for a match.
Remember that it’s called FootWORK not footEASY.
Best part: Nothing puts extra pressure on your opponent better than you recovering quickly after each shot.
All you need to take away the opponent’s reaction time is an aggressive recovery position.
Send a message to the opponent, “Your next shot must be even better than your last to get me out of position.”
Do not let the opponent to gain the upper hand by leaving large sections of the court open.
You may find that you get tired quicker by exerting more effort with your footwork. 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 and you are soon able to gain the best position on the court for easy power.
Swing less hard for more power
How much effort should be applied by your hitting arm for generating easy power with your forehand swing?
Your hitting arm is along for the ride. It is propelled through your hitting zone by the energy created from the ground up.
Remember that your arm and racquet are the last sequence in the chain of energy transfer.
A great drill for full body coordination:
Get on a stationary exercise bike.
Warm up for five minutes at a steady pace
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.
Continue to breathe.
Continue to increase the resistance in the bike, almost as if climbing a big hill.
Let your arms hang weightless by your sides. There should be no tension in your shoulders or neck.
Find a rhythm where your arms are propelled by your legs. As you reach your peak pedelling resistance, let your weightless arms move in a motion that resembles an afternoon stroll in the park.
If you’re death gripping the handles to maximize leverage through the pedals, you’ve got it all wrong. Let go.
There are three reasons this drill works so well. Here are those reasons.
- You will gain the sensation of working hard with the lower half of the body while keeping calm with the upper half of the body.
- You will use a functional movement exercise to learn the stroke rather than learning by technical explanation. Technique can be painful and confusing, but functional movements and exercises are fun!
- You will create effortless power with strokes that utilize the strength, coordination, and balance of your entire body and start competing at a high level in today’s game.
Your goal is to find a rhythm with your leg drive and effortless arm swing.
Here’s what you get out of this drill: You will start to FEEL the LEGS and let the arm swing.
Result of this simple adjusting: You will start to understand how to reach the next level of effortless power.
The difference between using this connection in their tennis forehand swing and not using it at all is the reason why so many amateur players fail, while a small percentage of them win match after match.
Now I could talk your ear off about how amazing this stuff is, and how fast it will change your game. But I know you won’t really believe me… until you try it out for yourself.
This concept CANNOT be taught through technical instruction alone. Start training your muscles to work together to simulate the movements produced in a stroke and…
you will gain muscle memory for maximum energy flow that creates…
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Create perfect angles in your swing
Not all tennis player’s forehands will look the same, but a world class tennis forehand swing that maximizes leverage and energy transfer will produce similar angles.
These angles will differ slightly depending on your positioning on the court and style of swing.
Learning to use the best body and racquet angles will guarantee that you are never at the mercy of your opponents. Because you will finally possess…
The Super Valuable Skill All Tennis Players Need – The Ability To Get All Of Your Produced Energy To The Racquet.
What are the best angles? Glad you asked. Here are a few examples of simple angles that you need in your swing to create Easy Power. These angles are shown from the back perspective of the player.
- Large angle of flex from the right leg. Imagine sitting down in a chair. Right before your body contacts the chair is the amount of flexion you need in your legs. This position is much lower than most amateur players achieve in their stance. In the photo below, approximately 65% of the players weight is stored in the right leg. This bent leg angle shows that this player is likely to be able to generate easy power on his tennis forehand swing.
- Bend in the left leg. When the leg is in this position, the heel does not touch the ground. The legs are separated by more than a shoulder width apart. With your leg in this position, your body will achieve an athletic stance, which will improve your chances for creating easy power. A Semi Open stance is shown in the photo below. This a common stance for hitting powerful forehands in the modern game.
- Strong Core/Good Posture. The line that extends along the players lower back to head, represents a well balanced position that will help energy transfer efficiently. Many amateur players adjust for the ball by leaning their upper body and losing posture, rather than taking small adjustment steps with their footwork.
Achieve the angles shown in the above photo and you are one step closer to maximizing leverage in your swing to create effortless power.
Bonus tip: Video yourself from the back of the court to see if you create these angles in your swing.
There are many styles of racquet preparation that are used among top players. An effective preparation is referred to as a unit turn and works in sync with your body for full energy transfer.
- The racquet take back is assisted with your left hand. This move coils your upper body for rotational power in your stroke. Without the use of the left hand, the right hand has the tendency to be tense in the backswing. The left hand is then kept away from the body to help track the incoming ball.
- Right elbow is set. Notice the angle created from the shoulder to elbow. This position is slight, yet very important. I’ve corrected numerous amateur players to set their arm into this strong angle and see their forehand improve dramatically.
- Racquet on edge. If the player were to look at his racquet, he would be able to see through the strings. This position will allow you to create a “lag” or “whip” in your swing. This racquet whip occurs only when leverage is maximized in both your lower and upper body.
Listen carefully: The modern forehand is an angular stroke.
The photo below shows several common angles found in most world class forehands.
The player is using a semi-western grip in the shot. (Some players may prefer to use the eastern grip for faster, flatter shots) You can see in this photo, that a majority of the player’s weight is on his dominant right leg. The left heel is noticeably off of the ground. Both arms are parallel to the court. Upper body is facing perpendicular to the net.
What makes strong angles so important is that they help you create tension that you can release into your shot for optimal power and spin.
It’s like pulling back a rubber band to full tension.
Once you have tension in the rubber band, it’s easy to let go to shoot.
A large percentage of amateur players barely pull back their rubberband and as a result, find themselves trying to create power by using arm muscle.
They are trying to THROW their rubberband for power and distance rather than to shoot it.
The loaded power position for the tennis forehand swing.
Fix power problems easily with simple corrections
Here are the common issues that many players experience when trying to hit the ball hard.
- Overswinging on fast ball. It’s almost a natural reflex to swing hard at something that is travelling FAST at us. But the way to successfully return a fast ball is to find the perfect contact point. Sharpen the reflexes of your eyes, because this fast shot requires instant focus. Prepare early and make sure that you get into proper position using your footwork. Focus on seeing the ball in front of you so that the contact point doesn’t play you! If the ball gets too close to your body, you can only muscle it back. Go after your contact point-rather than swinging aggressively when a fast ball comes at you.
- Missing off of opponent’s slow floaty shots. Here is how I test my students. During point play I play powerful shots in a row to the student. If they return these shots, I change my body language to casual and start blooping short shots over the net. If the student also changes their body positioning and stance to casual, they have not passed the test. 70% of amateur players loose athleticism in their stances when slower bloopy shots are hit at them. You must remain persistent with your preparation and footwork to beat the slow ball to the bounce.
- Making power errors in the net. Don’t make this a habit. If you are missing more shots in the net than you are deep, you need to take off power and practice aiming higher over the net. Your powerful shots shouldn’t be just barely crossing the net. Your powerful shots need to be hit with a consistent margin for error. In practice, hit a few shots that contact the opponent’s back fence before bouncing on the court. It is better to miss your power forehands deep rather than in the net. When you miss your shot in the net, you have missed your deep baseline target by 39 feet.
- Making power error deep. You are on the right track. You have enough depth to almost be hitting a good shot and you only missed the baseline by a few feet. Reduce your power level by about 5 miles per hour and focus on the drop of your shot. If your shot is sailing long, it most likely doesn’t have enough spin to keep it in. Spin will help control the drop of your shot. Once you are confident in knowing that you can control the drop of your shot near the baseline, gradually add power.
- Making power errors wide. Amateurs make too many mistakes on wide shots. It’s risky to be aiming within feet or inches of the line during powerful rallies. The concept can be simplified as this. High level players are usually great at testing their opponents movement with shots that have a high margin for error. They will get you running 6 feet, then 8 feet, then 10 feet. Amateur players make too many unforced errors wide and end up beating themselves before truely testing their opponent’s. They aim for a shot 15 feet away from the opponent and near the line and the shot becomes hit or miss. It’s easy to get discouraged after missing a few wide. It’s best to test your opponent before adding pressure to your own game.
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Easy Power Conclusion
An efficient forehand swing looks easy because it is rid of unnecessary movements.
Again, let me remind you, that these easy drills and fixes can be easily added to your workout routine. It is important to make a commitment to practice these drills… they will help you gain easy power in your forehand swing.
Start practicing the drills and soon you will be able to:
- Maximize leverage of your body by knowing where the energy transfer in a swing starts. From the ground up. Secure a strong balance with your feet. Stay athletically balanced with a strong core.
- Find imbalances in your body and swing with lefty forehand training. Find fluidity in your swing by fixing inefficiencies. You will sacrifice power if you lose fluidity. Use non dominant training to figure out if you have any tightness or lack of mobility on either side of your body. Dominate court positioning with footwork
- Swing less hard for more power. Remember that your hitting arm is along for the ride. It is propelled through your hitting zone by the energy created from the ground up.
- Create perfect angles in your swing. A world class forehand swing that maximizes leverage and energy transfer will produce similar angles. These angles will differ slightly depending on your positioning on the court and style of swing
- Fix common power errors in your game and find a new level of confidence in your forehand swing.
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