Forehand lessons for Beginner Players
How can you tell a beginner from an intermediate player? Easy, look at the forehand. Forehand lessons for beginner players needs to start with what’s called the lag and snap. The lag and snap is somewhat there in intermediate players but almost always absent in beginner players.
Take a look at the image below. On the left you see the female player loading her racquet in the lag position. Her wrist and racquet are bent back, but not so far back that it’s behind her body. Her arm remains to the right of her body during her back swing. In this lag position, she is preparing the racquet to snap into the ball. Think of it like a rubber band, as you pull a rubber band back with your fingers, you are loading it with energy, so that when it is released it snaps forward.
Now, notice the image on the right. This pro player (John Isner) is snapping his racquet into the ball. This lag and snap motion provides much more power than muscling your arm into the ball. Racquet head speed is key to forehand power, and you just can’t get the same power without the lag and snap method.
If you have a coach and he or she is giving you forehand lessons for beginner players and it does not include the lag and snap, you aren’t getting the full picture of what it really takes to have a great forehand.
It’s all about the hips
Another great forehand tips is to understand that the rotation of your hips contains the transfer of power between your lower and upper body. A beginner player typically doesn’t use their hips to effectively to positively affect the shot. I say positively because improper use of the hips, with poor timing, could negatively affect your strokes.
Extend the front arm
Notice in the picture below how Roger Federer is loading his non-dominant arm. As soon as he decides to hit a forehand he is loading his racket and arm to prepare his hips to transfer into the shot. The non-dominant arm plays many functions in the forehand, but mostly it is used for balance and coil. Coiling the entire body helps you transfer weight and power into your racquet, thus impacting the timing, direction and power of the ball.
Clay Ballard, one of the best online tennis coaches gives great forehand lessons for beginner players, here is one such video.
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