Evolution of the Modern Tennis Forehand & The Wrist Position Coaches felt that these new forehand stroking styles were just a continuation of the evolution of the stroke from the 80’s. A lot of junior players were taught to snap the wrist through the ball at contact because that was the way to produce maximum racket head speed.
http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/improve-your-forehand-in-45-minutes/It's a common misconception that you should "snap" your wrist through contact on your for...
On the forehand, when the arm is driven towrds the ball with the loose wrist lag, if you make contact with the wrist laid back, even if it remains loose it is stable, and you can hit it and guide the shot with control.
What is the role of the wrist in tennis? In this video, I provide an in-depth look at how we use the wrist when striking a forehand. Discover the number 1 fo...
Understanding the Tennis Forehand Contact Point. Much confusion has been proliferated over the years about the forehand contact point and achieving topspin. To play tennis well, it’s important to craft your tennis swing with accurate information regarding technique, because technique becomes habit. Bad habits are hard to break.
At contact the wrist becomes very firm and is in a neutral position, aligned with the forearm. There is NO wrist movement at contact or a split second later. It holds firm especially when it comes to a flat serve. Some players hold that firm wrist for a long time after contact, some relax it a bit earlier.
The ideal contact point is the position where, as the racquet swings forward, it gets into a vertical position without any movement of the wrist or forearm. An Eastern Forehand grip puts the ideal contact point lower and closer to the body then a semi-western grip. Hover over the below image to see the difference.
Stopping the ball with the non-dominant (left) hand helps him “feel” the contact zone, and the left hand is crucial for this awareness of the contact zone when the player is hitting his forehand in a regular play.
Turn sideways, place your racket into its starting position for your forehand, and then lightly rotate your trunk and swing forward. Start at half speed and work up from there. Relax your hand, and swing out, up, and through an imaginary ball in front of you. Observe your string angle through the hitting zone.