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.
I can’t choose a membership type to sign up and see the other videos. What can I do?
Yes, you want to teach children the fundamentals as well.
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
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 >.>
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.
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?
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!
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 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
I believe that wrist twist is just the natural continuation of the move when you hit the ball with the topspin
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
Great instructional video. It was like having a live coach standing beside you. No clutter or extraneous points. Thank you again.
Look forward to start applying these 5 fundamentals in practice. Thank you for your work – the instructions are clear and will help me to improve my tennis play. I started to practice 2 months ago. I am 39 y.o.
I live and work in Kyiv, Ukraine.
I have two kids – boys 7 and 10 y.o., who have also started to get trained in tennis.
I’m new to tennis and this instructional video was top notch in aiming me in the right direction!
I’m 63 years old and just discovered tennis about a year ago. This video was awesome and very well done. Step by step with a great deal of repetition is just what I need. Thanks for making these videos possible. Now, practice, practice, practice.
How and where in the heck do you actually sign in at?
Excellent video. It’s really helpful to see that although the devil is in the details, one has to master the fundamentals first and for each sigle forehand. I am back to Tennis after a halt of more than 20 years and this tutorial helps me correct mistakes I had while playing. It’s a lot of pleasure to play again with such pieces of advice. Now, topspin hits is my next challenge. Thanks again guys for the great work!
THANKYOU FUZZY! Going to be playing at 11oclock hours time at tournament training session, I hope to play like Serena but as you say get the fundamentals first Great Session understand lots, will fill you in and tell you alll how it goes!
Oh my GOD…IT’s fantastic to have this opurtunity…I don’t have much money to pay a tennis scholl, but i love tennis…and I dream will be a professional…because guys like you I still can dream…thanks.
Good video. Seeing these pros in slow motion is very useful. Nothing was said about producing top spin, although the strokes shown would produce some. But maybe top spin discussion is on another video.
I had no idea all the pros hit the ball in the same way. This video was a real revelation for me. Excellent job! One of the best instructional videos I have ever seen on any subject.
I received my Welcome email.
I’ve been looking for someone to teach me the modern forehand.
Finding your Site is great, I’m having one of our club pros work with me from your fantastic videos.
I will keep you posted in my progress
thanks so much for this awesome video and the hints and tipps in there – this and the other videos on your side are what I needed!
Great analysis and teaching – by far better than a lot of teachers on site… Will bring my notebook + videocam to the court next time 😉
please make an in depth video on the backhand and serve please! keep up the good work. i am 14 and this has helped improved my imagery and enhance my technique. but i need more help on hitting my backhand with sharper spin but keeping it at a controlled height…?
Ah, interesting. I can see so much of what I’m not doing! I will put in to practise what I’ve learnt and visualised where I’m going wrong!
im a begginer in playing this sport
can you give me some tips
I am so glad that I signed up for this. You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work! This is better than $40-$60/hr most folks have to pay these days.
Great video, I am a tennis coach in Scotland and have been taught a lot of the small technical stuff like path,angle, speed of the racket (LTA buzzwords) but breaking the forehand down into these 5 fundamentals makes a lot of sense and a lot easy to coach and probably see better results as well. A lot of what you have said will be going into my future lesson plans.
thanks guys looking foreward to one handed and 2 handed backhands.
Great video……really helps on the court…….
Hey Guys. I have just thoroughly enjoyed my first FYB forehand lesson online so thank you very much inded! I could soak up this info all day long and can’t wait to get in out onto the cour and put it into practice………….Just off to look at the next section…
As a chinese , I can not watch the vodeo ,how poor I was
Excellent coaching . Thanks a lot !
Great review of the fundamentals. I finally understand why I don’t always get the power or the depth I need. I have few things to correct.
The two questions I have is when do you start to do the shoulder turn? Before the ball comes across the net? When do you start your swing? Before it bounces, as it comes to you? My timing has been off, and I often hit late and don’t always hit the ball in front of me. How does one correct timing of hitting the ball in your hitting range. Do you have any videos or instructions on timing?
Very clear and punctual.Wonderful job! Thanks a lot!
Great! I’m on my way to practice my 5 forehand fundamentals….
great video of the forehand 68 years old playing since 14 and enjoyed the 5 the 5 fundamentals will share with grand daughter
who is just learning to play
Thank you. Never see it that simple and clear. I can’t wait to see what I’m really doing when I hit the ball…
Thank you. Very clear and useful.
Amazing video, it helped so much ^_^
I seriously had no idea what i was doing, but now thanks to
FUZZY YELLOW BALLS i do! Thank you very much once again.
Thank you, Will & FYB on the Forehand analysis. The only couple things I want to add is: driving the ball at the contact for flat or more spin (for long or short forehands) is important (you did not cover this part); And more critical is how to get to the ball to get set (ready for unit turn) to go through all the 5 elements of forehands explained is so difficult for recreational players.
Hello FYB since im new in tennis, what kind of racquet should i bought? what should be the right one for me…
Very good lecture…..
Very good and very clear ( arm, shoulder and feet are erevything).
You give no info on age, gender, size, weight or fitness level.
Let’s assume you’re an adult of average size and fitness. I would say start off with a racket that’s pretty close to these basic specs:
Weight: 300-320 grams strung weight
Length: 27″ (standard)
Balance: 0 to 5 pts headlight (ask dealer if you don’t know about this)
Lightweight rackets in general are head heavy and may injure your arm/wrist. Too heavy rackets may be difficult to swing and you will lose timing.
Best off with a standard length racket to begin with. There are the most choices, and there’s always the possibility of getting an extended racket if you wish so.
Balance is just as important as weight. A head heavy racket will give more effortless power, but it tends to lack depth control and spread the balls around. A slightly headlight racket will give good control and probably enough power.
Anyone got some other opinion please throw in your suggestions!
This is the best tennis instruction video I have seen. I am ready to try this out tomorrow night.
i find this video very interestin!!! good job!!
Super. Very helpfull. Hope the backhand is on it’s way … 😉
you did an excellent job analysing the stroke however you forgot to mention a very important point,to mention to keep your eyes focused on the ball at the point of contac.A perfect example is Roger Federer He keep his eyes on the ball longer that any other prp I have seen.pietro
awsome thank you
Fantastic, simple points backed by proof. Love it.
watching this at 3 o clock in the morning and still loved every bit of it. Very helpful and cant wait to try this out tomorrow, Thanks!
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Very helpful and cant wait to try this out tomorrow, Thanks!
Please respond to senior or out of shape players that may not be able to do all the moves that are required to perform at the top level. What can you leave out or modify in the strokes. Great vidio.
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Clear and precise instructions in detail step by step. execellent job!
Thank you so much for great job. I am from Vietnam. I am 52 years old. It is too old to change after 10 years playing, but I believe that with this kind of creative lesson together with daily assistancy from my sons I can follow this new style after 3 weeks. Thanks a gain.
Xuyen Nguyen Son
Forget about your parents disapproval! 100 years from now, people will be watching your videos. You are a great teacher.
its great but it loads to long!:)
Thats your internet, whole video loaded in a bout 1 minute for me
Great. Very comprehensive. Never seen videos in slow mo comparing both pro player technique alongside average amateurs . Now I know what I should be doing. Looking forward to pracitising this! Thanks .
Excellent content and good production on the videos. Clear instructions should help me with all of my fundamentals. Thanks guys!
Fantastic. I can clearly see what I am doing wrong in not getting sufficient power or consistency. Thanks.
It very good video
Very good video, thanks
Great. Very comprehensive .Fantastic.
i wish that i could have cd edtion pls
Good video. Now for the hard one…backhand!
Great stuff, but could probably be 25 minutes instead of 40.
I Like it, but how to strike so hard ?
Great! I’d like to see more about the continuous hitting/follow-thru motion. I tend to stop at impact with the ball, being concerned about control of the shot.
Terrific video! Clear, concise instruction with reinforcing repetition. (: Many thanks!
Great, great, GREAT video lesson! Thanks a lot, you helped me so much!!
Thankyou very much this has really helped me with my forehand mechanics.
Thank you very much!!!!! This video really helped my game.
i just start playing tennis and this 5 fundamentals really help for a better motion movement!
This is a great video! My daughter is taking lessons to try to get from JV to Varsity. She said that this is the forehand her coach is teaching her! I’ve seen how much better she’s gotten and have high hopes for my game if I can execute it. WOOHOO!
Great job to make people understand easily how to get a good forehand.I appreciate the structure of your lesson.
Really excellent lesson on forehands! I tried it today and already saw improvement!
I saw immediate improvement whenever I remembered to do it while I played this past weekend. Now just need to be consistent! Thank you!
When you take the racquet back, what position is the wrist in and on going to contact, where should the elbow be located?
Congratulations to all who make this program possible, because the truth is amazing how one tries to be on the court trying to correct the mistakes one makes before gluing or develop a stroke. Much continuedsuccess and so, as they will go far
PS: The best of the video were the 5 rules of right, but also welcome the drawing haha
Just getting started and really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for it to stop raining so I can try it out. Thank you
Brilliant Will. Thanks.
I’ll film myself so you can have a new guinea pig for your next video
Thanks Will for that wonderful lesson..I have been playing tennis for over an year now, taking classes at Stanford University, and I must say that I still learnt something new today.:)
Great points on the forehand. Excellent execution of the basics and fundamentals is what Lombardi coached.
Thanks Will…..I feel like I can apply this info on the court.
Great information. Haven’t played for a couple of years and I forgot these simple basis. Hit today and my hitting partner actually commented on how good my forehand was……YEA
The instruction is excellent.All players should be made watch these type of vids to explain what is the best way to play the game of tennis.A lot of people play regular but don’t have the knowledge to work on their game.
I thought this was an informative and well done analysis. One thing though. In looking at videos of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, two of the greatest ever, I notice that, although they do all the fundamentals that Will Hamilton discusses, they don’t do the “C” motion, but rather the “U” motion.
That was absolutely the most concise and easy to understand discussion and demonstration I have ever seen. Congratulations to you and your staff for making us all better players and coaches.
will u explain the apparent breaking of the wrist after the take back
and in the transition forward? it looks like its a snap back on a Lariat.
or is that an illusion???
Best breakdown of the forehand fundamentals that have seen. I thought I had a pretty good forehand, but when I went back on the court more aware of the fundamentals my forehand improved. Thanks Will!
thanks for great lesson and have made me better player
Thanks for the video. I have been out due to surgery for the last three months. On my way back to the court I am going to use this time to retrain myself on fundamentals to get rid of all problems in my strokes.
Great stuff. BUT I think the sixth fundamental has to be keeping the head still and eyes on the ball. Too many players look up to where they think the ball is going just before contact, and fluff the shot as a result. Like Roger, stay looking at the contact point, until the follow through is complete – essential to my forehand anyway…
That’s one long and helpful tennis video. What if a ball is coming towards you really fast, and you’re far away from the ball?
Great forehand lesson! Can’t wait for the second session!
will–very useful. i noticed verdasco’s elbow was straight vs roddick’s bent–is that why the former has so much more punch in his forehand? roddick “lays back/bends” his wrist–does this also reduce penetation/depth although add topspin? i’m trying to work on “easy power” which your continuous racquet movement comment with rf showed but i find i muscle ball and don’t hit deep enough penetrating shots and tend to get excessive topspin?
also helpful if you could bullet point these like: 1) shoulder/unit turn (not racquet turn as both hands on racquet), 2) take raquet back releasing non-hitting hand and lift it to shoulder height, taking small steps to ball, 3) load up/weight back foot and swing to contact point out in front of body pushing with back foot, body (not just arm) rotates to contact then face direction of target/net, racquet drops in “C” shape and into contact point, 4) continuous flow past contact point with full extention toward target and forearm and wrist (read watch) flows either over shoulder or below armpit (rf), 5) continuous swing path racquet never slows.
excellent machanics visual, this is what I have been lacking and can now focus on the important points.
I tried this today in a match and what a difference!! Much better forehands deep into the court. No over rotating! Good fundamentals.
The comparable pics leave a lasting impression
Awesome!!! Applied to training last night and thanks to you I was able to analyse all my errors!
Thanks a lot!
Good information. Aprreciate your style.
Thanks. Looking forward to getting out to try this concept.
Seems very precise useful instructions. Will try them out. Thanks.
Very detailed and great visual examples. I need to do them more consistently.
I appreciate you showing a LEFTY in your video. I am not a lefty, but I am a high school tennis coach, and I have a hard time demonstrating for lefties. This is great that I can pull up this video and show my left-handed players how it is done correctly, rather than them watching me lamely demo the lefty motion.
Really good and clear. Easy to understand.
second time watching this since last summer and man your a miracle worker. my forehand looks like Federer’s now although of course Federer is a 1000 times better tennis player than i am haha. but it certainly helped me in tournaments to win since i have my killer forehand developed now thanx Will
Good, Very good!!!
I love how simple this is to follow. I will be checking out some more videos asap!!!
what about the grip?
why i can not see this video?
Great vide and instruction, i am like seceond amateur player but now i see my mistake….thanks a lot…you are great !!!
excelent, very simple and very graphic. from Panama, saludos!.
Useful, clear, high quality video as ever. I love your way of teaching.
Thanks Will, great break down of the forehand. Can you elaborate on “gaging the ball” with the off hand?
Wow! Powerful illustrations and comparisons. I saw my whole tennis life unfold before my eyes.
Great! Thank you, Carmen
This is the first time I see such a clear instruction. I am playing tennis for more than 30 years, I had lessons but, anfortunately none of my teachers had the clarity to explay what you do on this videos.
Unbelievably great the best of the both worlds theory and practice just amazing instruction thanks a lot )
fundamental genius!! Virtual Pro!!
Очень подробное и большое наглядных примеров. Мне нужно, чтобы сделать их более последовательно.
excellent and a bit easy to understand
clear lessons and very very useful to beginners like me. I am learning tennis for the last 3 months. Thanks to FYB
Thank you Will for sharing your tennisexpertise. It helps a lot!!
Excellent videos and very clear instructions. So important to go back to the fundamentals from time to time.
Thank you Will. I hv played social tennis for 15 years with no tennis lessons. Only hv watched my kids tennis lessons n some tennis compt. I am now 65 yrs and out of frustrations of not having much power in hitting the ball turned to google for some help. I am very excited to get you for the first lesson. I will be on court trying out the 5 fundamentals. You are the best. Thank you.
Thanks for the very clear dvd instructions on the forehand techniques. Although I had basic tennis lessons long time ago, I’m on & off playing tennis since 1982, it is really nice to have a refresher lessons such as what you have now.
Thank you for your fantastic coaching and video demonstration.
Thank a lot. It’s very helpful
These are awesome examples! Great instruction too!
Brilliant!!! Gonna be watching a lot more for sure!
Awesome video!! Thanks for the detailed instructions.
This is a reeally nice video I hope this helps when to go to my tennis practice today
Excellent and looking forward to using these fundamental techniques!
Never thought I’d take so much from a tennis lesson while sitting down! Really good stuff. Drummed home the point without becoming repetitive too.
Very well thought-out and executed instruction, Will! I would add one thing to your five elements–“watching the ball.” One of the significant differences between amateur and professional strokes is that the pros give themselves the chance to see the ball and their own stroke for as long as they can. The unit turn is important mechanically, for sure, but it also enables the pro to see stroke and ball for the longest time possible, and from the best angle. Unit turn enables a square focus on moment of impact, and that left arm (good for measuring, as you said, for sure), serves to focus head and eyes on the projected moment of impact.
An outstanding presentation showing the importance of the unit turn, and placement and use of the non-hitting hand which is sometimes omitted in lessons.
Will, that was really good and extremely important for me, as I ve been looking for answers! I am pretty sure this video will improve my forehand. Best regards from Belarus!
love it. thanks
I had no idea I was missing the fundamentals after playing tennis for 20 years. I hope you will have the same format for fundamentals of the backhand : ) Awesome!
very effective explaination.. gr8 work!! thanx.
Wil, can you tell us how to add more power to a weak forehand? Do you take a larger swing or increase the speed of the swing to generate more power?
i really like that you added the critique piece too. amazing video!
some charge a lot for such info. thx
Fantastic explanation! I will practice this lesson attentively. Thanks, you´re an excellent teacher.
Lots to think about and practise… Thanks!
U’re an awesome teacher!! Thanks so much for the videos..
Excellent video Will,Adam and team.Just discovered your site this last week,through my hitting partner.
Have spent a few hours already watching and remembering basic and advanced techniques and really impressed with the simple
way u have of explaining things Will….well done…I myself have played for 30 years now and continue to play Vets 40+ on the ITF circuit here in Spain…. Good work guys…..keep it up!!
Thank you. A very useful visual aids. Allows you to understand all the nuances of the forehand. An excellent guide for working with tennis players of different levels.
Super videos! Great explanations! So useful! The coaching is amazing and so well done! I love your work and pedagogy.
Many thanks for all this help!
Best coaching ever!
Great video. Thank you!!!
Wow! You are a great teacher! Very effective presentation. I am going to pass this on to my league teammates. We are all seniors (super seniors 60+) but continously striving to learn and improve. Thank you!
BTW, do you have special lessons that deal with the senior limitations (foot work, reaction times, etc.)?
I am impresed and I am going to use this when I play! Probably will view more than once to have it sink in. I know it helped to open my eyes on the things I have been doing wrong. Thanks for your work and preparation.
Xie, Xie! (Thank you in Chinese)
ohh great job dude, the video is so good,,,,,,,,,,,
I love the side by side videos. I have been filmed but without the example of proper mechanics it is not always clear where it all breaks down. I was able to pinpoint some issues to work on. Thank You!
great video, thanks
What I would like to have seen highlighted on this video which i believe is important is the small skip step Roger executed after the unit turn. It is important for player to adjust and plant his right foot in relation to depth of ball. The left foot is subsequently placed for direction intent. In this example left foot is open placed to complete semi open stance. Summary:complete unit turn and plant right foot base in line with direction and DEPTH of incoming ball, then placefront foot for direction intent.
greaate video, I´ve been told I need to upgrade my techink and this is a good way to see what I should do
thank you SOO much!! this helped me tremendously! my coach doesnt teach us anything, so everyone one the team has developed bad habits and terrible technique. then she gets mad when we dont win games, so its very frustrating. however, i am so thankful you can be my coach.. for free ^_^ thank you thank you thank you. God Bless You -Dina
Great breakdown ! You mention that on Roger’s take-racket-back, keeping his non-hitting arm in line with the baseline helps him “judge the ball”. Can you please explain that further ? I was taught to point at the oncoming ball to help me “track” it, i.e. to position myself in relation to the oncoming ball. I now realize that means I’m not executing the pivot nor the take-back correctly, since I don’t have both hands on the racket to start. Any suggestions on how to judge where the ball will be, so you can position yourself to meet it ? Thanks !
You left out a huge part of the modern forehand.. They pull the cap to the very end and the racquet swings out at the last second. This is not a natural thing to do. It takes time to learn this. Watch these players hit this shot. They all are pulling the butt cap so that the butt capp is looking at the opponent till the last second before they hit the ball.
good stuff! thanks
Love this video…thanks for explaining this in such detail.. I am ready to practice right now..
Great stuff! This looks like THE site to remember again all the stuff I forgot from my trainings 10 years ago Thanks!
This is a great video on the fundamentals of the forehand. I really found it useful for myself and for helping my 8 year old son with his lessons.
no doubt about it – you do a fantastic job with those videos and detailed meticulous explanations! I am sure it will help me improve.
Really impressed with this. I am gonna get much better at tennis for sure
Does the backhand also has five fundamentals?
Now that I think about it, the backhand is an easier shot. I especially see in in juniors with the two handers. They are much more consistent with their backhands-including my kid. My kid has been beating all his peers at the club, but I am no-where near satisfied with his stroke production. Especially on the forehand. Your video here and your other videos on the same subject has given me talking points to discuss with my 11 year old. Thanks!
Great video for a senior player brought up with wooden rackets!. Now I know what to go and practice and next year I’ll be winning with my new forehand. Just need a new backhand, again only single hand backhands in my day (1970’s). Do I go with a Federer backhand or a Double backhand? not that mobile around the hips these days so guess its a Federer for me.
This is a great lesson. I’m a 4.5 player, but this took my game to another level. Thanks for your effort.
Great video with lots of valuable information. I can’t wait to get back on the court and try out these principles. I look forward to viewing more of the FYB videos.
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Will,your teaching method is excellent.Thanks
Thanks a lot! I’m playing in a school team and right now I’m looking for various ways to improve. This videos will certainly help!!:)
Just when i thought: “what’s the point of looking at these pros all the time that are so far out of my league? i want to recognize some basic flaws that amateurs make and perhaps work on some of them.” that’s just what you did! Very good video, if only perhaps a bit long.
great lesson! enjoyed it!
Great video! To be clear is the turning of the wrist after contact? In golf turning the wrist increases club head speed. Must be the same in tennis but in the videos it appears to occur after contact. Can you clarify when the mechanics of the wrist action begin?
Drew in the Netherlands…
Hello Will & thank you for the excellent forehand instruction; which I watched carefully twice. I have a question about what I saw in the video; all of the men finished their follow through at, or below, shoulder level while all of the women finished their follow through over the shoulder; why?
PS: My forehand has never been as natural as my backhand; I think your video will go along way to fixing that, thanks.
What a wonderful teacher you are. Thanks very much.
very instructive.. it will definitely help a lot with my shots. thanks.
What a great video I’ve seen
Thank you this technique is incredible and relatively very easy to perform and master. You have my undivided attention. I can’t wait to get into the other stroke fundamentals and strategies.
Improved my forehand immediately!
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Hi Will, After seeing a lot of videos on the net and enjoying yours, I subscribed to your email service today. The first lesson on forehand was great. Plan to try out the five fundamentals tomorrow in the tennis courts. I live in Mumbai, India and restarted playing tennis 12 months back after 20 years. Deepak
Great videos.Where are you located?
It is a pity that I can not watch the video! I am in china ,but the internet explorer can not show me the website.And I have got your letter, however you know that I can not read it fiuently . I just worry about when can I understand your letter without dictionary so that I can learn about tennis more efficiently.
i’m back to these fuzzyyellowballs lessons and they are too much useful!!,,,i’m glad to watch again and remember the fundamentals and go on court and train, thanks guys! from Colombia
hi ben, try google chrome, it’s the one i use or try mozzila,,,
Your lecture is the best!! Thank you.
Great Video. Really well structured. To increase John rotation I wouldn’t be talking about the bear hugs but rather the way he leaves the heel of his right foot ancored on the ground at and after contact.
I really enjoyed watching it.
Hallo…I have just started tennis lessons and I am really glad to have found your web page..really helpful…thank you very much!
Thanks for a nice video! That is a really great lesson and it simple and clear!
Thanks Will, great Video….
Great lesson. Thanks Will
Thanks Will and Adam for this video. I’ve been changed for the better with it. Regards from Poland!
Thank you for a terrific teaching tool. I’ll be watching this over and over again.
Great video! You might want to emphasize how execution of the correct fundamentals result in a very important factor to a high level forehand – the contact point. The first two armatures both made contact late. This results in poor execution, and, importantly, put added stress on the hitting shoulder. This can result in shoulder injury. I know this because I tend to make contact late, and as a result, I am now recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Execution of the correct contact point is something I am now working on very hard. Thanks for this excellent instruction.
Excellent! video tutorial!
One of the best on the web. Thanks
Thank You! Great Coaching, Great Video. Much Appreciated.
wrt the first comment, I would think you want to push off only the outside (back) foot because you want your weight going forward. The one thing you didn’t mention was spacing the body at the right distance from the ball (as in distance parallel to the baseline) – that seems to be the problem with the first 2 amateurs. both of these are among my problems, by the way
Excellent video! Clear, concise. Slow motion comparisons priceless. Repetition helps seal the critical steps. Thank you.
Simply great, thank you very much for this inspiring video. Now it’s time to knuckle down to it and try to improve those fundamentals. Thank you again.
40 minutes, complete di-section of the forehand. Thank you. I would recommend people to record their own practice sessions and watch it in slow motion, and compare with this. The only way to know if we are playing it right is to record it and see it for ourself.
Awesome stuff! You’ve re-inspired me to not give up – new to the game!! Can’t wait to see more videos!
Truly great video. Nice and clean!
Inspiring video. Can’t wait to practise now.
I was completely engrossed listening and observing every single word of yours and same time move of players. I have grasped every single fundamental in one go though I have to practice it million times. Very enthusiastic to go on court. Using word ‘fundamental’ reminds me high school days. You are a great teacher / coach. Thanks.
you are doing a great job! perfectly understandable by me in Greece!
Thank you for all your effort and for sharing!
I treasure your lessons!
I will put these fundamentals in my practice tomorrow morning, down here in Turrialba Costa Rica
Great video. mindfull and brilliant job. Its very helpfull for my 12 year doughter.Thanks
Every time I watch this video I find some new aspect of my forehand to work on. While I will always need to revisit the fundamentals, my game is rapidly improving and confidence soaring. It’s just a lot more relaxed fun when I do more of the fundamentals correctly. Thanks again for an awesome, easily learned video Will.
Stefano Santonico – Italy
Dear Will and Adam
Your dedication to teach to club players is great.
I have never had such a good lesson and defined in all it’s details before.
It is very important to have people like you in any sport, who do this for the interest of the community.
Please keep going on. Stefano
It seems to me that sometimes the pros are playing the shot off the outside leg, and sometimes the inside leg… is that the case?
In the foreswing, before hitting the ball, Federer, likely many other pro players, lays back the wrist in 90 angle. Only the wrist is bent, the hitting arm stays straightened in the so called “slot” position as recommended also for the backhand. To avoid overload the information, you should produce another video just for this important, and difficult to emulate, detail. The arm stays straightened all the way through the cycle. Once you grab the idea, through a lot of practice, the feeling is great and confidence grows up. (Aug 06/2014)
I mean excellent video! Sorry, someone bullied me…
The best lesson I ever had. You are doing a great job!
This was my first one watched with you . Very good. Thank you
A great tutorial mate. i can’t wait to put into practice this week. I look forward to some more on the serve as that is a inconsistent part of my game where I tend to lose too many points on some days.
a great lesson for everyone who spent hours n hours just to know that how the path shoud be while driving the ball. thanks a lot.
Thanks for a clear, easy to understand and informative video. Can’t wait to put it all into practice.
It looks likes John is not standing far enough back so the ball is a foot higher on contact – this exaggerates his cramped look – but very clear and useful demonstration.