Trying to improve my forehand

by Jonas Eriksson
Trying to improve my forehand

I have just uploaded another installation in the vlog series I call “The Bumpy Road to Improving Your Tennis”. This one is mainly dealing with me trying to improve my forehand. I am trying to switch from a “Semi-Eastern” (between Eastern and Semi-Western) grip to a full Semi-Western.

I have been playing tennis for a long time and most of the time with one style of grip. To change this in an effort to trying to improve my forehand is going to take a lot of willpower because I will play and look like a fool for a while. I am already experiencing feeling less confident on the court and playing below my standard, but I need to suck it up and soldier one, otherwise I will never make the progress I want.

Sure, I could stay with my current “E to SW” grip and work on other things, but I still feel I would struggle to get more “natural” spin that way and one of my issues is hitting the ball consistently with the racquet face at the same angle. My motion gets jerky as I try to adjust my racquet to the type of incoming ball. What I can do well with this style is hit on the rise, because I can adjust my wrist quite quickly, but when it comes to hitting targets with wider margins more consistently I struggle.

Trying to Improve my Forehand – Some Good Tips

Trying to improve my forehand

1. Go to a good coach who is willing to put in the work with you (and has the patience!).

2. Record yourself while playing/practicing. This way you can see what you do well and what you need to work on more.

3. Watch videos from online coaches on YouTube to get an idea of the mechanics. This way you have more time to soak up the information before you work with the coach.

4. Trust your racquet. When you work on your technique it is important you don’t second-guess your racquet and start throwing in that as an excuse or variable. Isolate what you need to work on and focus on that only.

Trying to improve my forehand – Video

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Love Tennis Blog April 14, 2019 - 21:14

Hey Jonas
Just found your site.
How cool.
Love it! Will defs be calling in a lot more!

Tennisnerd April 15, 2019 - 06:17

Nice, thanks! / J

Brad May 4, 2019 - 02:56

Do you like to play doubles or singles more?

How do you approach serving?

I like that you are trying to change your grip for more spin on your forehand. It will add a lot to your game.

Tennisnerd May 5, 2019 - 07:31

I play 99% singles. I work on my serve too, but currently, I have a bit of shoulder issue so I mainly serve at 60%. The forehand is getting more consistent for sure. Thanks.


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