In this video you will learn how to hit a forehand down the line.
Do check out the videos on the forehand and the cross cort forehand.
In this video, you will learn how to hit a forehand down the line.
When your opponent hits a cross-court shot, you could attack by going down the line to seal the point
The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through
Use a semi-western or western grip for the forehand down the line shot
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 towards the ball
Extend your non racket arm parallel to the baseline to help you balance and judge the ball
After the pivot and the shoulder turn, release the non racket hand and swing the racket arm back
The racket head should be pointing up
Plant your racket foot and flex your knee
You should be in the closed stance, with the non racket leg in front
Bend your wrist back and drop your racket arm
Swing the racket in a C shaped movement as you approach the ball
Hit the ball in front of the body and when it is around waist high
Keep your wrist firm just before and after the impact and hit an aggressive forehand
Use your body to move into the ball
Counter the angle of deflection by hitting a decisive shot
The ball should be just a little ahead of the non racket leg and the strings should be pointing towards the target
It's extremely important to flatten out at contact
The contact point is a little further away to the side for the down the line shot than the cross-court forehand
If you hit the ball too far ahead, you are likely to send it cross-court
The follow through
Extend the racket forward after contact and then swing it across above the non racket shoulder
Imagine that there are four balls that you need to hit down the line
The racket should be flattened and maintained in the hitting zone for a little longer than usual
Accelerate through contact in one movement until your follow through
You could try hitting down the line with an open stance as well
Ask your partner to feed you cross-court balls and practice hitting them down lhe line
Enjoy your game
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