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How to Hit a Forehand in Tennis

Forehand demonstrationAre your forehand ground strokes not making it over the net? Try these steps to improve not only your skills, but your enjoyment of the game.

  1. Position yourself just inside the court's baseline and near the centre line.
  2. Keep your feet at the width of your shoulders.
  3. Hold the racquet at about waist level directly in front of you.
  4. Bend your knees slightly. You should be able to feel some strain on the quadriceps muscles in your thighs.
  5. As the ball is hit toward you, turn your shoulders to the right (or left, if you're left-handed). Lower the racquet head toward the playing surface.
  6. Pivot on your right (or left) foot. With your other foot, step forward and across your body and plant this foot pointed at a 45-degree angle toward the right (or left) net post. At the same time, swing the racquet backward while pulling it up from the ground.
  7. Stop the backswing when the head of the racquet is slightly below waist level and your arm is extended and relaxed. The racquet, and your arm, should be p