why push only on the outside leg and not on both legs?
It’s similar to baseball. Batters load up on and drive off of their outside (back) leg because that lets them swing the bat as fast as possible. Regarding the physics and biomechanics behind it, well, that’s not my area of expertise. But you can’t argue with the video — all the pros hit their forehands like I described!
Do you teach children with the same foundmental stroke or what age do you teach this method.
Yes, you want to teach children the fundamentals as well.
I can’t choose a membership type to sign up and see the other videos. What can I do?
We will email you more videos in the coming days. We don’t want to dump a bunch of stuff on you right away (information overload).
very good coaching technique.
great video! i currently have an eastern grip but wanted to experiment with the semi-western grip. my forehand has been inconsistent as of late with the eastern grip. is the grip something worth switching up, or should i stick with the eastern grip and focus more on the 5 steps until i get the forehand right?
If you don’t possess all of the 5 Fs then focusing on them will get you more mileage than tweaking your grip. So I’d make that evaluation and then go from there.
Will, how do you add more pace to the ball? I have the topspin down (Goes high over the net and bounces deep sharply). I need to get more of a “tight” or “condensed” topspin. Please help. Thanks
Hi Donald. Pace starts w/ proper technique. If you don’t have the 5 Fs then that’s what you need to focus on. Check the progressions video, which we’ll send you next.
i am 11 and i have a good forehand nut how can i give more power
I am 21 and just started playing tennis. Thank you so much for your videos, Will!
my dad taught me the C technique when I was 8 >.>
Very helpful video. I’ve found that i need to improve 5 Fs rather than thinkink about angle of the wrist. Thanks !!!
This is a great instructional video; just when I ask a question to myself while watching, you answered it in the next statement – very detailed oriented – thx! I’m going to have my wife video me so I can see how I compare to the five fundamental steps and then make adjustments as necessary. thx!
Hi, i have recently started playing again after two years.. I am trying my best to execute the forehand as you explain here. My coach is pretty happy so far except for the ending where you are suppose to “look at your watch” .. He prefers to finish the racquet head higher next to my ear with a longer straight follow through rather than having that wrist twist at the end.. What do you think?
My pro told me the same thing. He told me that is how the pro’s do it…. it just is not so… I have been told by several teaching pros that once the ball leaves the strings, it does not matter if you catch your racquet at the top or allowing it to flow through as Will has showed us the pros do… My stroke is now more like the Federer stroke, once I hit the ball the racquet goes where gravity takes it… try not gripping your racquet too tight…. good luck…
I believe that wrist twist is just the natural continuation of the move when you hit the ball with the topspin
Hi…how older can u be tu start learning tennis and still become some tennis player?thx
This instruction video is great!
Fantastic video! I have watched numerous videos on the forehand, and have learned much from all of them, but I really love the five fundamentals approach, and the video breakdown of the pros vs amateurs, executing (or not) these fundamentals!
I wish I saw it a couple of years ago when I was trying to figure out how to put top spin on a ball.
Now I see where I need to improve.
My coach says that at the end racket should be over my left shoulder but I can never do it. My racket makes it to the shoulder level. Is it a big problem?
I am coming from an orthadox flat forehand with a continental grip. I have issues with top spinning. I almost find it harder on my wrist. I find that I am almost shanking the ball on the frame more than actually hitting it flat with the strings. I can pull off a nice shot once in a while but I can’t link the brushing spin motion with the power of the stroke. My balls seems to loop more.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT.
IT IS EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
excellent video. I started to practice all this inside my house just swinging my raquet and when i went to the court to play it was a big difference.thankyou very much!
Thanks very much. This realy helped me to improve my game
Tesekkur FYB community,thanks for this great video…
Now lets improve our forehand
THANKS. YOU GOOD HELP MY SWING.
This an awesome instructional video. I have learned a lot from this to improve my forehand stokes. I will let my wife see this video too cause she wanted to learn tennis as well. Thank you so much!!
Thank you for execellent lesson. Could you instruction me more for a topspin forehand.
Very helpful lesson. Thank you
WOW, this is an excellent teaching lesson, i have learned a lot and got to know all my mistakes while playing a forehand. Thank you very much. I am really glad to join your site hope to learn much more from you. Thank you once again.
excellent lesson, i cant wait for the next lesson, thanks.
First of all I want to thank you for this video.
I got one question, why is it not correct to point out with your left arm (if you are right handed) to the net? I learned to point out with your left hand to the ball as the ball is coming.
very helpful lesson,what is the grip and wrist position
This video definitely helps me, to improve my forehand skills 🙂 Thanks a lot. Greatings from Poland !
Wow, now I know excactly what I’ve been doing wrong this whole time! I’ll get to work… thank you very much!
I was playing for 3 years & I didnot make any right forehand.
This video shows me how to make a right one.
Thank you so much.
Sorry if I’ve missed something, but I am a young (14 years old to be exact), inexperienced player who has been playing at a club for about 6 months now, and I just have one question. How does the technique relate to the quality, control, placement and power of the shot? As I said, I may have missed something but as far as I can see this hasn’t been covered in this video.
Matt, the components of the forehand discussed in this video, if perfected, will provide greater power and precision for the shot, more consistently, and without increasing your energy expenditure. The shoulder pivot and weight transfers provide greater power by using your upper body and leg muscles, which are significantly stronger than those in your arms. The “C” movement of the racquet head results in a smoother, free-flowing motion which aids in providing consistent accuracy in your shots, and also increases racquet head speed. The follow through gives your upper body a way to slow down without placing a further drain on your muscles, and gives you the ability to move again more quickly.
I play tennis and I have a good topspin forehand. I have been playing for 14 years. I have a pretty fast forehand. But my coach always told me to put my left hand (I am right handed) facing the net. Why do you say to put that arm to the side?
i’m writing now, right after a game that i’m making for practice and fun with my friends everyday, here is my friend’s thoughts of today “wow.. now you’re hitting more balanced and much much better than yesterday. and it’s great to watch a correct body turn and a ball coming with top spin !!” THANKS WILL !!
One of the best instructional videos I have seen – very comprehensive and the split screen comparisons were very useful. I now can’t wait to practice all the fundamentals on court. Thanks very much.
Very nice vid, thank u very much!
Hi Will. Thank you so much for this video. I’ve been playing tennis for a year now and I always felt like my forehand stroke was a little bit awkward. It has been improving throughout this year but I can tell there are still some mistakes… This videos showed me what kind of mistakes I am making… It was such a clever idea to show images of amateurs. Thanks again.
Absolutely awesome! I have coached football and girls softball and taught innumerable courses on various subjects. I have always emphasized the basics in those instances. However, no one has ever gone so basic in trying to improve my tennis game. I have identified problems with two of the five fundamentals of a forehand and I have identified the grip I should be using based upon my style of play. Kudos for a wonderful teaching tool.
THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the forehand drive is WHAT GRIP should be used. If I missed something, it wasn’t mentioned!
Thank you, I watch this video every day before I play tennis so I get reminded of technique.
thank you very much. i learn much with video…
Hey you guys are great.. keep up the good work guys!!
Excellent video. Very helpful. I especially love the split screen comparisons between the amateurs and the pros. I can watch pro tourneys for hours and never pick up the subtle differences – esp. as they relate to my level of play. Brilliant!! Plus, Will is so encouraging I feel like I can go out and at least look like I’m doing the shot correctly – all this without paying a dime. What a blessing!
Thanks, and keep the instructions coming.
Thanks for the video!! By the way,what is extreme eastern forehand grip?
Great knowledge, I wish I saw this 10-years ago, my forehand would have been much better.
fantastic explanation, very clear and of course very useful. I wish I had found this kind of videos some time ago, I think my forehand could be much better. Thanks.
Love this site 🙂
Thanks It Helped me alot!!
thanks for the video… hope you can sent me similar video for backhand….
Hi Will! It was nice meeting you last weekend. This video is awesome! I watched the video with my 10yr old son, and we both learned so much. Thanks for sending! Tiffany Madison (Robert’s wife)
thak you. this helped so much
Great lesson, solid communication, look forward to a similar email for the the top-spin backhand.
Great Video!!! I just started play tennis and this website will certainly help me a lot.
This is a great video. Thank you so much. Do you have one for the backhand also?
Well back to the drawing board after watching the video. I’ve been teaching my son wrong also. I’m glad he’s only eight so it’s not too late to make corrections. Thanks
Will, this is a great video. Now when my forehands do not work I can work out why by referring to which of the 5 fundamentals I did not do. This works well when someone feeds balls back to where you are standing. Have you done any videos about how to get to a ball at another part of the court and then be in a position to put these fundamentals into practice. I sure you are aware that many club players have problems with hitting to length and so a lot of balls are dropped short which you have to run forwards to get to. Thanks.
I teached tennis for 9 years and I can tell you that you are doing a great job. Thank’s for thes videos!
Excellent video thanks!
Amazing video, great teaching technique! It is really good the way you teach, thanks and congratulations!
Nice and Fabulous!! now I know the fundamentals..
I have a coach here in Germany who told me exactely the same, maybe in a little different way. But he has been the only one to teach me tennis like this and it helped me a lot. Your Video is a perfect summary about the deciding fundamentals. There is only one thing I am missing: What to do with your non-hitting arm after extending it in due course of the preperation and just before hitting the ball. You can watch almost all the pros (like on your vids) moving their non hitting hand on the shoulder level blocking the rotation of the upper body and hence tranferring the energy to the hitting arm, giving it an additional acceleration. Just like throwing a discus. If you watch carefully you can see that the rotation of the upper body in not perfectly continuous. This also really makes sense taking into account a humans bio mechanics.
Again: Very nice lesson and thank you for that!!
where is the similar backhand link? Can anyone post it?
Thank you for this great lesson
I’ve always had my non-hitting hand pointing out toward the court as I was swinging thru the ball. It looks as though you teach having that hand pointing more toward the side of the court as you swing thru……is that correct?
Wow this is great, i’m going to the court right away.
Thanks for the time and effort to show us these excellent tecniques.
that is great tennis video
Hi” For those are right-handed, wich foot is outside foot?Left or Right. Tks.
Outside foot in the forehand stance is the same side as your dominant hand. So for right handers, the right foot (the foot which is further away from the net when you turn sideways into the forehand stance)
why is it important to have your non hitting arm extended across your body like that and not pointing in the direction of the on coming ball? i thought you pointed it towards the ball because it helps your placement in terms of spacial awareness. do you extend it like that so your shoulders have completely pivoted? Emma =)
Physics will benovolate the biology of the racket
why I cannot see
Great lesson!! Could u do a more detailed lesson on the wiper action on the follow through.. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong, what I’m doing just doesn’t feel right. Also , is there a good way to practice these fundamentals by yourself?
excellent lesson. Very systematic teaching with great videos and slow motions. thanks
I love how luciane sticks his pinky out when hitting the ball
thanks for video great help on forehand
I hit better than Lucienne but not MUCH better, I maybe do 2-3 of the fundamentals right… but this tutorial is great, and I’ll be sure to practice these a lot on court.
very interesting video ,thanks
Excellent lesson . I am 15 and I started playing about a year ago . I feel like I do all of these fundamentals but I still have a problem with my forehand, and that is when I hit it, It all goes down the middle, no matter what I do it’s always the same thing . So I’m asking you guys for some advices and techniques that can help me control the direction of my forehand 🙂
I’m waiting for your response .
Great video! I didnt know all these things! Thank you very much! FYB is AWESOME and much much more!
Thank you for the lesson. It’s always good to go back to basics. It’s cool to see the pros actually do these.
best quote: 13:42-44″
best segment: 13:56″ – 15:23″
Very systematic and organised, the way you explain and demonstrate is very sound. I have started playing tennis only a month ago and I am very satisfied with my forehand so far. Have grown up watching John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendal, Sampras, Agassi, Boris Beker… And feel that it really helps a lot by following correct technique. Five steps you explained, I am going to focus and practice a lot. Really excited and also looking forward to improve my backhand, which is very week…thanks.
I’ve taken lessons, sat in on drills and watched many people play, no one ever broke the entire stroke down like you have in this video. I wish i had these fundamentals taught to me from day one. thank you. i have told many people to go to your web sight and get lessons from you. thanks.
Will, With all due respect, it seems like your analysis of the follow-through is somewhat flawed. If the true goal of the follow-through was to slow the player’s body and racket, they would remain closed. This would, of course, limit racket head speed and hasten a “slow-down” of both body and racket. The follow-through, to my mind, assists to actually increase racket head speed…and it is the natural byproduct of an individual’s swing path.
Thanks, I can not wait to practice the 5 fundamentals with quality of course.
This is great stuff. It´s awesome to see other amateurs and pros do the 5 fundamentals. I´m going to practice tomorrow and I can´t wait to try what you say.
very good lesson, regards from Chile…
Best regards from Brazil!!
Just fantastic! Greetings from Italy.
Thanks for great lesson.
Greetings from Georgia.
going through your lessons have made me a far better player. Thanks pal.
Reaching you from Ghana.
This is just wonderful, thanks for sending it to me. Now i am going to court to practice the 5 Fs.
Do you have any suggestion that could help me with my one handed backhand?
I’m just starting to learn and this video beats any instructor. Amazing Job.. Keep up and good work.
How about a one-page PDF recap with the fundamentals. Reinforce the video? Great stuff
Steven from HTA – you are teaching the right stuff!
You explain this movement very well, thank you so much. Great Video!!!!!
Thanks for the video, thats help me alots !
Thank you very much! I tried the forehand I was doing before watching this – it goes in the net. The second was alright – that was after watching your video. Thanks again!!! 😀
Thanks, great video.
In the last example of Kevin vs Tommy, you mention that the 2 swings look quite similar, but I saw quite a big difference: Tommy points the racquet butt towards the ball (as does Kevin) but then he pulls it in a straight ine towards the ball before the racquet face swings towards the ball. Kevin starts rotating the racquet face from the backmost point without doing the straight “pull”. Tommy thus has more power because the racquet face swing takes a lot less time and is moving much faster.
All pros I’ve seen on youtube slow mo videos do this straight pull, and I’m wondering if this shouldn’t be one of the 5 steps (6 steps?) as it’s a key component.
Do you recommend teaching small kids the beginning phase of the pivot and shoulder turn or do you begin them already sideways with the racquet up? Also, which grip do you prefer with beginners?
Awesome video and awesome presentation technique…very easy for the listener to process. Thanks for all you do!
Hi Will, I play tennis since 1970 but I never had some one to teach me how to play. This video with many tips and the resource of slow motion helps a lot….Many thanks….Helio from Brazil…..
Awesome Video. I love this. I never see a video like this before for forehand. Very good comparison with pro and non-pro players.
Keep it up. Thanks alot and appreciate your efforts and time.
I am just returning to tennis after a lenghty layoff and I wasn’t that good to begin with. I am definitely going to try to concentrate on executing the 5 fundamentals that you laid out for the forehand. It was presented so clearly and purposefully that it makes me feel as though I can do it. That’s the mark of a good teacher.
That’s great. I am amazed at the quality of your training videos over all, everything in place and very clearly presented. Instructor is great at pointing out important points. Slow motions 0of both himself and pros is very teaching. Very well done. I am grateful.