Forehand weight transfer and follow-through for beginner players

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In this tennis video, Javi gives a brief explanation how to transfer bodyweight forward in the execution of a forehand stroke to a beginner player. To generate power in this shot a player has to be able to transform the elastic energy stored in their legs and back-swinging arm into the ball at contact. In addition, Javi explains the correct follow-through which is the last stage in the execution of the shot.

Transfer bodyweight forward

In biomechanics, the tennis forehand is a sequence of motions referred to as a 'kinetic chain' made up of the various body segments involved in this specific stroke. As the starting point of this chain, the legs are the 'launching pad' for the hitting motion. The body segments will move upward and forward in order to create linear and angular momenta and consequently generate power to hit the shot.

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Linear momentum

  • develops through forces generated from the ground when steps are taken forward and bodyweight is transferred from the back leg to the front leg

Angular momentum

  • develops from ground reaction forces and tends to produce a sequence of body rotations: legs, hips, torso, shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist, and racket
We will tackle the concept of the kinetic chain in more detail in future tennis lessons for beginner players.

Terminate with a follow-through

Javi shows how to terminate the stroke by progressively reducing the speed of the racket after the impact. The non-dominant hand can gently collect the racket. Finally the racket should end its trajectory over the shoulder of the non-hitting arm.

Key takeaways

Check out our tennis lesson to learn forehand weight transfer and follow-through.

The main learning points from this tennis lesson for beginners are:

  1. For a neutral stance, position yourself on the side to the net.
  2. Swing the racket back in a vertical position and stop before starting the forward motion.
  3. Begin the sequence of body rotations starting with the legs, followed by the hips, trunk, shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist and racket.
  4. Finish the shot with the weight of the body on the front foot and slightly raise the back foot.
  5. Follow through and catch the racket at the end of the motion with your non-dominant hand.

Forward bodyweight transfer generates power in forehand stroke!

In this video Javi has explained the way to transfer bodyweight forward as well as the right follow-through to finish the correct execution of a forehand stroke. In one simple exercise the player is practicing those concepts by hitting easy balls from the service line.

Check out our tennis lesson to learn forehand weight transfer and follow-through.

Exercise 1

Transfer your bodyweight from your back foot to your front foot

3 sets of 15 balls