eastern fore hand starts with the index finger knuckle
on the middle bevel of the grip. This grip gives you
the advantage of topspin and the ability to handle low
is probably the most important element of the eastern
forehand. From the ready position, turn your shoulders
(which automatically takes your racket back for you)
and keep your balance. Be sure to keep your back-swing
short and compact. Common Mistake:
To lose your balance and fall back on your heels.
Too big of a back-swing (usually coming from your tennis
Up' is a term used to refer to placing all your weight
on your back foot while staying balanced before transferring
your weight forward. This allows you to get power from
your legs and forces you not to muscle the ball with
you have loaded up, transfer your weight from the bock
foot to the front foot while making contact. Common
Mistake: Transferring weight too early (before contact).
This tokes all the power off the boll and can couse
the boll to go into the net.
point should be out in front while transferring your
weight. Keep the ball in front of you and try to get
the ball in your strike zone. The strike zone can be
anywhere between your waist and shoulders depending
on the height of the ball. When making contact it is
imperative to brush up the back of the ball. Simple
Drill: Hold the ball still between the tape of the net
and your racket without letting the ball drop. From
this position, make the ball go over the net. This will
give you an understanding of brushing the ball.
is another key point to the eastern forehand. Follow
through over the shoulder without breaking the wrist.
Let the momentum of the racket speed continue over the
shoulder without hesitation. It is important to let
the racket flow throughout the swing. Common Mistake:
Stopping follow through too soon can cause the ball
to fly long.