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Tennis Forehand | Avoid This “Offhand” Tennis Forehand Technique Mistake

August 21, 2019

Hi, this is Jeff Salzenstein, CEO of Tennis Evolution
and USTA High Performance coach and I’ve got a really powerful tip
that is going to help you with your forehand and it has everything to do with what you need to do with the palm of your offhand to hit stellar forehands. In all my years of coaching junior tennis players
and seeing rec players hit forehands I see a common problem with what they do
with their offhand and arm. And a lot of times, these players,
when they swing on their forehand, they actually turn the palm towards the net
as they’re hitting the ball. And what happens is the body opens up too much when you’re trying to make contact
and when you’re trying to swing. The body, also, is not working as a unit. I’m all about fluidity, effortless tennis,
making it feel easier. In order to do so, we’ve got to get this offhand
and this off-arm to work better to be more connected to the body. So, in order to offset this problem, where the hand, the palm, is facing towards the net while swinging, we’ve got to get the palm towards the body like this. Now, let me be clear: the pros, most of the time, the pros have their palm down as they’re swinging, and then the palm comes towards them like this. So, in order to exaggerate this problem,
I actually set people up in this position like this. So, what we’re doing is we’re just exaggerating. This doesn’t mean it’s always going to be like this, but we’ve got to break this habit of
pulling this off-arm out of the way too early and opening the body up too much. We’ve got to get the body more connected. And so, I like the palm facing towards the body
like this with this first move. And if that feels weird, or you don’t want to do that,
feel free to make sure the palm is down but that when you swing, you try to bring the palm towards you more instead of turning the palm away. So, that’s what I want you to practice
the next time you step on the court. It’s going to help your body feel more connected
if you focus on what your offhand and what the palm of your hand is doing
on your forehand especially on the first move
and as you swing the racket. So, if you loved this lesson and you got a lot of value out of it, go ahead and click the Like button and feel free to comment below.
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  • Reply kuruptgt March 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    why didn't you upload this sooner?! nice tip

  • Reply Filip Spasojevic March 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Well done.

  • Reply Mike Check March 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    wow. my strokes actually feels much more fluid this way.

  • Reply Michael Perine March 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I didn't even know that I was doing it.  Thanks.

  • Reply bluewaterhorizon March 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Such a great tip! I can even see that this is working very well o a shadow stroke

  • Reply Motennis March 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

    please see dominic thiem slomo forehand

  • Reply Naks Naman March 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Hello Sir im from philippines can you discuss your own proper forehand fundamentals? from ready position, backswing and finish?

  • Reply Naks Naman March 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    you are the great tennis coach

  • Reply Naks Naman March 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Hello coach jeff can teach me or discuss what is the proper way to use the wrist in forehand? if its firm or snap? and how? thanks

  • Reply Nsrcfitness April 16, 2017 at 4:44 am

    why are you taking your left hand off the throat of the racket so fast ?

  • Reply Tom Vo April 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    This is one of the best tips for me. I always feel like I'm not able to transfer the power from my legs up to my body then to my arm. This helps tremendously.

  • Reply WebTennis24 April 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Interesting fact, Jeff… I'll be paying more attention to that. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Marcos Andrada April 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    mmm interesting and very clear , fantastic coach

  • Reply Paul Musarra May 7, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Excellent tip. I tend to pull off early on my forehand side. By incorporating this nugget of goodness, I can feel I'm staying on the ball longer and through more. So much more powerful. Thank you very much

  • Reply Siby Varghese August 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Jeff
    I use my palm towards the net..(off hand) but when I try your new way…i feel no leverage and timing is all off…how can i make the change …to the new way without completely messing my forehand

  • Reply Francisco Suárez August 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    you're not going to believe this (perhaps you will) but today in practice, I exaggerated my forehand set up with my palm facing towards my body and it actually worked. Hit some big forehands today. Thanks, coach.

  • Reply Sean T. September 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Always great tips

  • Reply Edward C October 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Gasquet actually does this, with the top of the left hand facing ( tracking) the ball.

  • Reply hrabmv December 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    this is what i did 🙂

  • Reply Mike Praditya April 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Hey great tips Jeff! But how about the one handed backhand, do we need to do something with our off hand while swinging the one handed backhand ??

  • Reply Lingua Kaji Utama May 18, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Thank you so much. Have a great day full of happiness.

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  • Reply Marcelo Heidemann November 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Jeff, Marcelo here from Australia. Thank you for your videos e congrats on your job! Just in regards facing the palm towards to the net, I can see Dominic Thiem doing that alright if you still can make space and hit the ball not to close to the body? Thank you…

  • Reply roro136 May 19, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Thks but I don t see how the direction the palm of the hand is facing impacts early opening of the shoulder??

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