Forehand Fundamentals

Welcome to the Forehand Fundamentals section of

1 Pivot and Shoulder Turn
The first thing that all pro players do when they hit a forehand is pivot with their outside foot and turn their shoulders sideways. This starts their racket takeback. Both hands stay on the racket during this step.

2 Take the Racket Back Completely
Once the pivot and shoulder turn is complete, the second thing that pro players do is take their racket back using both their shoulders and their arms.

3 Swing to Contact
The third thing that professional tennis players do when hitting a forehand is swing to contact. They do three things to get to contact — 1) push off their outside leg, 2) rotate their bodies back toward the net, and 3) drop their rackets down and swing forward.

4 Follow Through
From contact, pros follow through to complete their forehands. They accomplish this by extending out in the direction they’re hitting and bringing the racket across their bodies in a smooth, relaxed motion.

5 Swing Path
The final fundamental thing about the forehand is the swing path — the path the racket travels along from the start of the motion to the completion of the follow through. Once you release the racket with your other hand, it shouldn’t stop moving until you complete your follow through.

  • Diego

    Thanks a lot for this marvellous lessons!. I am self taught, and one of those rare people who finds easier to execute the backhand (extreme one handed backhand, a la Gaudio hehe) than the forehand. This tips helped me to spot a flaw with my follow through, and now i can hit some nice forehands. Thanks a lot Will.

  • ChristenThomas

    its awesome it has really improved my tennis skills…….

  • Anonymous

    I got 3 emails with videos for the forehand with the 5 step method. The first 2 had video instruction the 3rd did not. Am I missing something?

  • Anonymous

    I received the first 2 videos of the 5 step forehand but the 3rd email did NOT have a video. Am I missing something?

  • jonny_temperance

    I am very new to the game and these videos really helped introduce me to the fundamentals. Great job putting these together. It really helped me to understand the mechanics of the forehand and I can see improvement. Granted, I have a long way to go, but I understand the specific pieces I need to work on. Really good stuff

  • Tommy

    Dear Arunia, as far as i remember, your name doesn´t appear on the top ten, well neither in the top million, so that convert you in a double loser, a loser who call others a losers. xoxo.

  • Matthew Scott

    Is that the reason you came to this site? Eventually every tennis player will lose to someone who plays better on the day. Even world number 1’s get beaten many times before they reach the top rankings. People come to this site for information and how to play better. No doubt many here could beat you!

  • KD Guest

    —no one hits off their front foot. they transfer weight to the front foot. other than that it only depends on ball speed and height probably. wouldnt most people want to hit being able to step into their shot?—

  • KD Guest

    sams got a great point here. however, there is one thing that isnt mentioned here. i will assume you have watched the 5 fund. videos and can execute properly. this means ill also assume your strings are FLAT on the ball at contact. IF SO, when swinging to contact, you cant swing directly to where the ball is, when your racquet gets there the ball wont be EXACTLY there anymore. you kinda have to “project” where the ball will be within the timing of your swing. if not, youll mostly hit too far over or under the ball, yours sounds like just under, sending the ball up just past the baseline.

  • Billstrain1

    thanks for putting this site together

  • robby

    hi, FYB is incredible. some of the other websites with tennis drills are rather poor and not as comprehensive. however, it would be great to have a final video which summarizes these many videos. thanks a lot for these tips though. i changed my game on these tips and they remarkably improved. these are very well dissected from a scientific and maticulous viewpoint as far as motions are concerned.

  • JeffN

    I’m brand new to the site but I like it already. Your explanations are comprehensive, yet simple to understand. Looking forward to getting on to the court to do some self evaluation.

  • robby

    There are still some missing elements here which make a significant part of the game. For instance, keeping the muscles relaxed, how much to flex the arm, how much power to generate based on the distance of the ball received, handling much faster balls, lower balls and those that are rather high. So even if you play the basic game and know the fundamentals of a forehand, this needs to change based on some of the points I mentioned and even if fundamental, they need to take some of these factors into account. Otherwise, anyone goes on the court expecting to just maintain these 5 steps and playing the rest with trial and error.

  • Dani

    I was hopping for a video that explains it

  • maria cecilia

    I was hopping for a video that explains also because I speak spanish and it no so easy to understand all the datails of the tecnique in a foreign languaje.

  • Ryanhampton1995

    what are mac levels plz?

  • Mynamesmaxpower

    it’s called “fundamentals”.  need to come off as important and knowledgable = fail.

  • simonnnn

    hey, i do the windshield wiper movement but some balls stilt sail high, how can i fix this ? 


  • Ammon D.

    Dude…these are simply the building blocks for a solid forehand, the fundamental movements and concepts. Do you think Will, a Div I college player and teaching professional isn’t doesn’t know what he is doing? You must understand that most of the players that visit this website are in the 3.0-3.5 NTRP category. giving them 5 million things to think about will only cause confusion. This is a starting point, explaining the basic concepts. Please understand that everything bit of information is carefully thought out and stated in such a way to benefit tennis players the most. For one reason or another, he didn’t feel the need to mention those concepts, though they are important. In other words; let him do his JOB, while we do our part and learn as much as we can. However, no matter how much information one may receive on the internet, there will always be “trial and error”, there is no escaping the discipline associated with these concepts; or the game of tennis, for that matter. Anyone looking for an easy way out of hard work…you are playing the wrong sport.

  • Ammon D.

    doesn’t*, not “isn’t doesn’t”. *every, not “everything”. Man, I cannot type.

  • Keenaj Mevada

    hey Will i had subscribed around 1 & 1/2 years back for improve your forehand, and it helped me a lot. i subscribed when i was 10 yrs old . at that time i wasn’t tat good n i never used 2 get a chance 2 play at my club cuz i wasn’t of tat good. now i am 12 yrs old i can beat all those good players in my club who never used 2 play with me 6-0 . i also reached d quarter-finals of a national level tournament ( it was very first tournament ). i beat everyone in d qualifying round 6-0 and in d main draw i beat everyone with ease. And u won’t believe that i have never done tennis coaching in my whole life  except   beginner’s coaching when i was 6. i need 2 thank u . n FYB rules ! i wish i could meet u once Will it would be as good as meeting a great player like federer. hey Will can u send me some videos on my second serve . i am a little small so it is being a little tough for me to give good topspin .   


  • Hugh Smith

    Great instructions.  I now realize I have not been pivoting my right foot, which caused my forehand to be inconsistent….  I will get to work correcting same……Many, many thanks……….Hugh  Smith.  

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  • Alex Watson

    Must say I too was looking for video.

  • ya mum

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  • Alex.

    by not doing the windshield wiper till you get a good basic forehand(if you dont have one already), by checking your racket head – the strings actually, be parallel to the net chords or facing a tiny little bit to the ground, by fixing your swing and thus following through, less low to high path(u need to practice and find the best path). And of course your contact point a bit in front of you and in your comfort zone.

  • ya dad

    lil wayne is pretty good thank u pls

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  • poo

    hey bby xxxx

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