How To Play Tennis Forehand
By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to play tennis forehand. Perfecting your forehand is important when hitting tennis balls that approach you on the side which is holding your tennis racquet. Perfecting this skill can substantially improve your forehand tennis game.
- Position your body so that you are inside the baseline of the tennis court, and near to the center line of the court. Keep your feet a shoulder's width apart, with the racquet held directly in front of your body for best forehand tennis technique.
- Bend your knees slightly. This should provide a small amounts of strain on the quadriceps muscles in the front of your legs. These are sometimes referred to as the thighs.
- As the ball comes towards your body, turn your shoulders to the right. Lower the head of the racquet to the surface of the tennis court. Carefully pivot on your right foot. Use your other foot to step forwards and across your body. Position this foot at a 45-degree angle towards the right net post. Swing the racquet backwards while at the same time lifting it from the ground.
- When the racquet reaches a height slightly below your waist and your arm is extended, stop the racquet from going backwards any more. At this point, your racquet should be perpendicular to the tennis net.
- Drive the racquet forward with your shoulders. Hold the handle of the tennis racquet firmly, but without squeezing it excessively. Ideally you should make contact with the ball at a point slightly in front of your body.
- Follow through by driving the racquet forward. It should end above the height of your shoulder, pointing to the sky. After the ball is hit, quickly get back into position to prepare for the return of the ball. Congratulations, you have just used the forehand manuever to hit the tennis ball! Be sure to practice your tennis forehand game before using it is competetive situations for best results.