Hey, Scott Baxter from PlayYourCourt.com here… And today I’m going to teach you a simple drill that will add 10 to 15 MPH to your forehand. So let’s dive right in.
When we start to talk about how to generate more power on our groundstrokes, there’s a couple of things that we already know, and we hear coaches say them all the time:
Things like step into the ball, or – make sure you transfer your weight into your shot.
These are OK tips BUT… they’re not going to get to the root of the problem and solve the real issue that’s preventing you from generating more power on your forehand. There is one piece to this equation that a lot of players and coaches overlook. What’s ironic is it’s actually one of the simplest things that you can change in your stroke immediately to gain more power, and that simple thing is your racket preparation.
I hear a lot of tennis coaches out there saying, “Get your racket back earlier.” And the first thing that always comes to my mind is earlier than WHAT? I see a lot of players really struggle with this. They’re trying to get their racket back, but they’re not getting it back soon enough. So, all of these other boiler plate tips that their pros are giving them on how to hit the ball harder just aren’t working.
What I’ve done to fix this problem with all of my students is I give them a point of reference for how early that racket preparation really needs to be. Not just “earlier,” but earlier than what? And the WHAT, is before the ball bounces on your side of the court. Get your racket all the way back before the ball bounces on your side of the court.
So when I work with my students to generate more power, my first focus isn’t ever weight transfer or stepping into the ball. I focus on something much simpler.
One simple thing… Making sure they get their racket all the way back before the ball bounces on their side of the court. I know it’s really, really simple, but it works.
This early setup trick will finally give you the time you need to do all of the other things that you already know will add more power to your forehand. If you can get that racket back on time, all that’s left to do is to make some last minute adjustments with your feet, and you will have plenty of time to transfer your weight into your shot and finally generate more power on your forehand side. I’ve seen anywhere from 10 to 15 MPH more on my students’ forehands after just practicing this drill for a minute or two.
It’s simple and it REALLY works…
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