Tennis Tips: Open The Hand For A Better Forehand

Today we discuss the role of the non-dominant arm and how it can improve your forehand. This video is for PlayYourCourt players of all skill levels.

Hey guys, it’s Nate with PlayYourCourt.com. Today we’re talking about {tennis} opening the hand for a better forehand.

There’s been a lot of tips regarding the non-dominant hand. This one’s very short and very specific. If you’re in the the PlayYourCourt community, this is for all skill levels. This is going to help everybody from the beginner all the way up to someone playing at a collegiate level and above. All right, so what are we talking about today with the non-dominant hand, we all know the role of the non-dominant hand is extremely important with getting the unit turn and getting everything off to the side.

So, one of the things that we find is that the non-dominant hand a lot of times can impede the stroke itself and we’ve talked about in other videos about how sometimes we see this disjointed forehand because the arm drops too low or the arm rises too high. Be mindful of what that hand’s doing, because, let’s face it, sending, receiving is rather difficult and we can’t be mindful of all these different cues.

Keeping the arm in the correct position

So what we’re talking about today is spreading the fingers of the non-dominant hand and just this simple act is going to help you keep that arm in the correct position. So let’s talk about what that correct position is. The position that we’re talking about is really making sure that the non-dominant arm stays above the hitting hand at all times. So maybe you’ve gotten really good with getting the hand on the racket, on the throat and getting the racket off to the side.

You’ve got your unit turn. You’re squared up. You’ve got the ball on the side, but then if the hand even pulls here and it goes low and we see that the racket starts getting even, it’s going to really change the way that we uncoil. So if you imagine the way that like a top when it’s going really, really fast and it’s working balance, it keeps spinning because everything is on the same axis, but what happens if that top wobbles a little bit or what happens that makes it wobble a little bit? So if my hand starts to fall, I’m going to wobble and you can see there, like the left shoulder drops. And the suddenly the stroke starts to rise.

Open the non-dominant hand

So the tip here, really, really simple stuff. Open the hand, your non-dominant hand. Open up the fingers to help yourself be mindful of keeping that arm up and allowing the racket to come all the way through.

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