The forehand progressions is a series of videos that will take you, step by step, from scratch to a fundamentally sound forehand. In the forehand fundamentals section, we showed you what every good player does when they hit a forehand — the fundamentals. However, simply knowing what good players do when they hit doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to hit the shot. So each video in this series will give you something to practice — via a series of steps — as opposed to simply showing you what good players do.

1 Contact and Follow Through
The first step of the forehand progressions is to play from contact. Understanding correct contact — the relationship between your body and the racket when you hit — is critically important to hitting a proper forehand.

2 Start with the Racket Back
The second step of the forehand progressions is to start with your racket back. To get to contact, you’ll rotate your body back toward the net.

3 Pivot and Take the Racket Back
The third step of the forehand progressions is to start from the ready position. When you pivot and turn your shoulders, the tennis racket comes straight back — there is no loop.

4 Start to Add a Loop
The fourth step of the forehand progressions is to add a loop. Most modern forehands have some sort of loop so we’ll work on adding a basic one in this step.

5 The Full Motion
The fifth step of the forehand progressions is to hit using the full motion. Start at the service line and then move back to the baseline once you become comfortable with the motion.


  1. Anonymous says

    i really apreciate your work … great explanations and great videos.
    can u give me a tip to atack short / midcourt balls and make a winner ?
    i´ve checked the high balls video u have but that´s ok for me … it´s only when my oponnent leave me a short ball that it´s comming well to finish the point that most of the time my forehand goes to high.
    please help me or direct me to a video
    many tx for your answer

  2. Anonymous says


  3. tennis says

    thank you

  4. Alan says

    Visually people take in vastly more information than any other way. It feels like there’s too much verbal instruction. Too much to listen to. Just watching the video with minimal talking would be more effective.

    • L_quibell says

      Alan this is for free. either you learn from it or you dont. The people who are going to get it will get it from how they do things here.

    • Blstierwalt says

      The VERBAL helps you understand whats happeing visually.

    • Chrisdillinger07 says

      uhh, no. You not only see what he is doing, but he give the info to think about, even when you aren’t looking at the video, so if your out on the courts, you have the stuff to think about. Look up some of roger federers’ forehand videos on youtube, FYB2007 has a nice 2:15 min one that is in slo-mo, that is great for visually learning.

      Great job Will

  5. Santhosh says


    I don’t see the video in this page. I have already subscribed to FYB newsletter. I thought thats the requirement to see the videos. I don’t see an option to subscribe again either. Please help..


  6. Mark says

    Re. the comment from Alan – fair enough – for less verbal instruction, just turn your volume down to zero, or mute your speakers – voila!

  7. Mzuo says

    Your website is by far the best one, and the cleanest one on tennis I have ever seen. Thank you for staying this professional!

  8. robby says

    These tips are SUPERB. The forehand basics are so well explained and the motion of hitting the forehand is easily mastered quite effectively.

  9. melk says

    very nice.. Melk. from Brasil

  10. FEDERER says

    awesome dude!

  11. 33661440minutes says

    Do you think the windshield wahsher forehand will be prone to injury
    after awhile?

  12. jack says

    now my fawhand is so awesome im so godd at tennis now

  13. Abbas Golshani says

    The 5-steps forehand progressions is indeed an excellent instructional material. It helped me to help many others and can’t wait for more. Thank you so very much.

    Abbas Golshani

  14. Abgolshani says

    Dear Mr. Hamilton,

    In the LESSONS section of your website you have covered just about every topic except OVERHEADS. Any reason why?

    Regards Golshani

    • Matt says

      Overheads are exactly the same as serving. If you perform the fundamentals of serving well, then the overhead is not difficult to do. What you want to do to is watch Will’s vids on footwork and serve fundamentals. Once you have grasped all of those concepts, have people hit you highballs in the range of service line to net, hold your hand in the air to help you track the ball, and then “serve” it.

    • Josh says

      Actually, if you go to the “Net Play” section, there is a section lower on the page that covers overheads.

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  16. Ajbtennis says

    I have heard Dennis Van Deer Meer stress that the first move on a forehand drive is the “Turn and Pivot”, this is fine if the ball is either side of you, but not when it is short and in front. When the ball is to your side you can run in the “Turn” position. But to do it on a short ball surely is unnatural and incorrect.

  17. Thuantranmr says

     tks for appreciated information that help me much in improving my forehand.

  18. Dan says

    These tips, especially the ‘progression’ sections have been very helpful. I have not only have been using them to improve my game (which has been a bit inconsistent) but also to help me teach tennis better. Sometime taking someones already established swing, and going back to step 1 (of progression) and moving up, can really get those kinks out of their swing. I already knew all of these fundamentals, but it’s been great to hear and see it again. 

  19. Maxim Nisenbaum says

    Ok, here is the truth: I tried to teach my son (17y.o) using recommended approach. He never played or learned tennis, except maybe “fooling around”, how I call it, with his friends without knowing what he is doing. He does other sports however and in a good shape. Within approx. 1 hour and about 200 balls we’ve got to the step 3 and… he developed pretty good forehand already! During step 4 we faced some difficulties, so we went back to the step 3 (no need to rush things!). Amazing, Will & team, thanks a lot!

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