Tennis Tip: Common forehand mistake
Many a times we are taught some things that are not to be taken in a literal sense all the time. Coaches emphasize on the fact that you need to stay low every time you attempt a forehand but this is not the right thing to do for every forehand move. When you are taking lessons for perfecting your forehand, quite surely, you must have been constantly told about and sometimes yelled upon to stay low for executing a forehand. You must have observed your coach, grumbling, when he thinks you are not low enough. But have you given a thought how it affects your game? Yes, you read it right, ‘stay low’ advice affects your game and most of the times negatively. The whole move needs to be practiced in a proper synchronized way.
This article will bust a myth and is going to teach you what is wrong in staying down, the entire time, in your forehand move. Staying down in a forehand execution is necessary only when the coming ball calls for it. When coaches tell you to bend, what they really want their students to learn is not to stay stiff and in a standing position while playing a forehand. ‘Stay down’ does not always have to be interpreted as staying low, in fact, it means that you have to act according to the ball that you are going to face at the receiving end.
How it affects your game:
- If you take ‘stay down’ phrase too literally then there are certain chances, that, you will shoot the ball in the net for low heighted balls.
- Your natural rhythm for the shot will be disturbed.
- You will be forbidden for a proper recovery, which is needed for taking the shot or also after the shot.
- Habit of staying down everytime will curtail your decision making ability, as you will not be practicing to judge the coming balls.
Tip to deal with problem:
- Firstly, acquire an athletic position, instead of a stand-still position. Most of the pros stand in an athletic position, which is necessary for swiftness.
- Get down under the ball, take the shot and then lift, do not execute the whole forehand move in a lowdown position.
- Important tip is to first feel the contact, and then after hitting the ball, lift up very smoothly.
- Do not lift up too soon, hit the ball and then come up rhythmically.
All these tips will help you to overcome the complexities you feel while attempting a forehand. To summarize, you should first judge the ball to take an appropriate athletic position, then feel the contact, hit the ball and come up very elegantly. This will give you proper time to recover and will make you ready for the next coming ball. Watch how pro players attempt forehands, you will surely approve the absolute relevancy of this article. Practice hard and be a master.
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