How to Hit a Forehand Groundstroke with Max Rotation – A Quick, Easy Drill

How to Hit a Forehand Groundstroke with Max Rotation – A Quick, Easy Drill



Not sure if you’re using your core to its full potential on your groundstrokes? Try this simple exercise to get your major muscle groups working in unison. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section below!

For more easy to follow groundstroke tips, check out these videos:



Blair DiSesa Henley is a USPTA Certified (P1) tennis professional with over ten years of teaching experience. She is also a writer for Tennis Now.

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47 Comments

  1. Hi Blair, Your videos are always great! Could you help to describe the use/movement of the risk in forehand? Some coach said "open and lock your risk all the way to hit balls in front of your body". My question is what happens to the risk right before or after the ball being hit? Do I still keep maintaining the risk open? Make a video for this subject is appreciated. Thanks  

  2. I like the drill on the forehand.  When I watch you hit a forehand with a ball, it appears that your free arm is doing about the same thing motion as the second racket in the drill.  I have seen some forehands where the free arm extents out in front of the body.  Any thoughts?  

  3. In reply to James Cox.  James how many pros do you think come here for advice? The advice here is for club players. Maybe you could post a video showing your pro tennis style.  Oh and a resume of your coaching quals.

  4. Hi James – You certainly don't have to hit everything closed stance, but for most players (non-pros), it is easier to get the big muscles working when you step in. The vast majority of tennis players can't get the rotation they need by using an open stance approach. That's who this video is directed toward. Thanks for watching!

  5. Hi James – You certainly don't have to hit everything closed stance, but for most players (non-pros), it is easier to get the big muscles working when you step in. The vast majority of tennis players can't get the rotation they need by using an open stance approach. That's who this video is directed toward. Thanks for watching!

  6. …under pressure we open shoulders too soon and 2 rackets trick shoud be very helpful but I would prefer to hold non hitting racket further(at the tip of the racket) than at the neck which would facilitate even better shouldr turn..

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  8. Hi Adrian – Thanks for watching! Even with an open stance forehand, you should be turning your upper body. The racquets may not line up as perfectly, but you should still see the movement of your stroke mirrored by the racquet underneath your non-dominant arm. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they try to hit the open stance forehand is attempting to do everything with their arm. You really need that body rotation no matter your style of play.

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