Hi, my name’s Lincoln Ward. I’m a USPTA certified
tennis teaching pro here in Austin, Texas. And we’re going to talk about the forehand
ground stroke. My assistant James will be actually demonstrating in just a few moments.
The most important part in hitting a forehand ground stroke is preparation. You want to
make the racket back before the ball actually bounces on your side of the court. When you
swing through the ball, you want to make contact over your front foot, following through clear
to your left shoulder, if you’re right handed. Now your grip is very important. Most tennis
players tend to hold an Eastern or Semi-Western grip, bevel number three or bevel number four,
when they’re hitting their forehand. It allows them the most power and spin when they’re
actually hitting their shots. When you make contact, you want to step through the ball
with your opposite foot to counterbalance yourself. This will allow you to put a little
heat on that ball, and not have to use so much elbow grease. It’s a lot easier to put
a little mustard on a hot dog in that way. So drive through the ball with your body,
not with your muscles in your arm. That’s how to hit a forehand ground stroke. I’m Lincoln
Ward, thanks a lot.