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How to Hit a Forehand Cross-Court

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In this video you will learn how to hit a forehand crosscourt shot.

The forehand crosscourt is hit in the diagonally opposite half of the opponent's court. Check out the forehand down the line video.

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In this video, you will learn how to hit a forehand cross court.

The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through

Use a semi-western grip.

Hold the throat of the racket with the non racket hand

As soon as your opponent goes cross-court, do a split step and take a couple of strides quickly towards the ball

Extend your non racket arm parallel to the baseline to help you balance and judge the ball

Plant your racket foot and flex your knee

You should be in the open stance with the legs wide apart

Release the non racket hand and swing the racket arm back

The racket head should be pointing up

Step 2

The Shot

Bend your wrist back and drop your racket arm

Swing the racket in a C shaped movement as you approach the ball

Straighten your knees and hit the ball in front of the body and when it is around waist high

Whip the ball with some topspin and hit an aggressive forehand

The racket head should be below the ball just before contact

Twist your hip and torso to send the ball cross-court

The contact point is a little in front and closer for the cross-court than the down the line shot

If you hit the ball too far to the side and almost in line with the non racket leg, you are likely to send the ball down th line or in the middle of the court

Step 3

The follow through

Extend the racket forward and across, above the non racket shoulder

Accelerate through contact in one movement until your follow through

Ask your partner to feed you balls on your forehand and practice hitting cross-court

Enjoy your game


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