Step 6The sixth step of the serve progressions is to add the follow through to the motion we’ve been working on so far. We’ll start by shadowing the follow through. To begin, you can start with the racket on your shoulder. From contact, you’ll continue to pronate and point the racket down at the court as you follow through.

From the side perspective, what you’ll see is that when I follow through my tennis racket, hitting arm, and body form an upside-down “U.”

Once you’ve locked down shadowing the follow through, you can add it to the hitting motion we’ve been working on. Starting from the “L” position, all the mechanics remain the same up to contact, but now you’ll follow through after you hit. Remember, everything needs to be done VERY deliberately. The tennis ball should bounce three times before it gets to the baseline.


  1. katsy says

    I am kind of disagree that forehand and backhand approach shots should have different footwork. They must be absolutely the same, symmetrical. Because, of the differences we do on the court we always can not hit our backhands as hard as forehands. In this video the step to the side on the backhand side will not transfer your body weight in the shot as much as on the forehand and it is claimed to help the player to move forward. Try to keep your backhnad symmetrical to the forehand and maybe take the same steps.

  2. Anonymous says

    gooooood site for improving your tennis skills !!!!1

  3. Greg says

    Is the karaoki step the same for the backhand if you play one handed?

  4. Bill_bih says

    why i can’t see the video??

  5. OldHacker says

    Hi Will – sorry to be a pedant but it is not a ‘karaoke step’ but rather a carioca step. Karaoke is the Japanese art of getting up in front of a crowd with a microphone and singing along to the backing track of pop songs !

    Another point – on the FH approach you do not mention the often used footwork of the walking step and hopping step for keeping your body moving towards the net through the shot. While I do not disagree with the setup you demonstrate as an option it is not often taught.

  6. Anonymous says

    OldHacker is correct. It is “carioca”, from a Brazilian dance step popularized by Fred Astaire, actually.

    Main reason for using the carioca on a backhand approach is to shift momentum back toward the center of the court, instead of stabbing and stopping; used to be taught with a slice approach.

    With a top-spin approach, this hacker would argue the style used by pros such as Samantha Stosur is much preferable for most of us, rather than this full swing — get low, much abbreviated backswing and follow through, down low, windshield wiper.

    Also, I know this is politically incorrect, but if the top pros are used as examples, they’re increasingly approaching inside out if they can take a big cut, instead of down the line; courts are getting so egregiously slow everything else comes back with interest.

  7. Harish says

    hi my name is harish i need to know can we use eastern grip as service grip

    • Robcale says

      you can use eastern backhand grip, but not eastern forehand

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