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Forehand Tennis Lesson: Stop Framing Your Forehand

In this video, I’m going to show you how to
avoid mis-hitting the ball. This is a big thing I see a lot of recreational players,
they don’t understand why they’re mis-hitting the ball.
One of the, I would say, the two biggest causes of mis-hitting the ball is, one, when you’re
hitting, you’re moving your head. By moving your head, it’s going to take the racket off
the ball. Two, is by coming off the ball with your body, so you’re not finishing the stroke.
You’re setting up here, and then you’re actually in a recovery as you’re hitting the ball,
and you’re pulling off the ball. I’ll give you the two examples. If I’m moving
my head, it should look like this … and I move my head. That’s a great way to mis-hit
a ball. The other one is coming off the ball like this. As you can see, I mis-hit the ball.
Now, the first one, for fixing moving the head, is keeping your head down after the
ball’s hit. Don’t hit and look up immediately. Keep your head down, finish, and then look
up. It should look like this. I’m keeping my head down through the stroke. You see pros
like Roger Federer do this. They’re constantly hitting the ball, staying , and then looking
up. The other fix is to make sure you stay with
the ball longer. I’m going to demo this first. I’m going to move out. I’m going to make sure
when I hit, I’m going to stay on this outside leg, and then recover, instead of coming back
and doing the recovery too soon. I’m going to go out, I’m going to stay on my outside
leg … outside leg. Compared to if I were to go out and try to recover, I’m going to
get a mis-hit. I can almost make a mis-hit happen every time, because I’m pulling back.
Make sure we stay out, on the outside leg, and that’ll take away those mis-hits.
Make sure we’re keeping our head down and still, and we’re staying on the outside leg,
staying with the ball, so we don’t have any more mis-hits.
Thanks for hanging out and watching this video. If you want more content on how to improve
your forehand’s power, consistency, and placement, make sure you check the link below and check
out ForehandDomination.com to get all the latest content that I release on how to improve
your forehand. I’ll see you on the other side.

David Frank



  1. Michael Buckland-Nicks Posted on February 24, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Great tips. Definitely one of the biggest things holding beginners back when developing their ground game.

  2. hondus brahms Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Wow, coming off the ball – that is how I hit every forehand.  Thanks.

  3. TNToncourt Posted on May 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Nice profesional vids,thanks.

  4. 3Camj Posted on June 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    interesting. good tips. However dont most modern forehands pull off the ball to the left as they go forwards? I think its more the falling back off the shot that frames it. Pulling the racket to the left is a good thing. Oscar Wagners MTM forhand

  5. Flatl1ne Posted on June 23, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Great instructional video!

  6. Long Le Posted on August 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Can you describe your little hop on the forehand at 1:18?

  7. I am Zenfirox Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you!! 

  8. Anne Gallagher Posted on November 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Love this coach. I can now hit the ball, pain free! No creaky bones.

  9. Viper ACR Posted on November 14, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Excellent tip. I make both those mistakes exactly…. when I miss-hit.

  10. Pat Bradley Posted on January 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I would love some warmup tips to really train my head to stay down.  So simple, so important yet so easily forgotten. 

  11. Stephen Olmsted Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    What are your suggestions for players that hit the ball from below the ball like a scooping motion. I have tried drills and showing them their mistakes but still can't get them to swing more on a flatter plane or swing.

  12. Orlando Orlando Posted on June 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Good material! Why you are scare of promoting your name? It is not seen anywhere..

  13. 911GNX Posted on September 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Kevin, I just want to thank you and tell you what an incredible aid this particular video has been for me. I’ve been playing tennis now, off and on, for about thirty years. In the last four years I’ve taken it up very seriously playing a minimum of three to four times a week. I have a very good one handed back hand but have always struggled with my forehand. That stroke has never been natural to me and compounding matters, I have embedded a lot of bad habits through the years. My grip is a semi-western and with that I can put a lot of spin on a ball. The problem “was” that I could put no pace on it and frequently I would either frame the ball or put the ball in the net. Very frustrating, almost to the point of quitting. After watching this video, I made a mental note to “stay on the outside leg” and then recover. Wow, I actually get a good pop out of the ball as it makes contact with the racquet and it typically lands deep in the court with lots of spin. You cannot image how elated I am to have finally found this problem that has kept me down for so long. Again, thank you for this video and all the videos you produce.

  14. GodGod KB Posted on January 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    hi how can i solve the second point. i think i might be making habit of the second pointer often. how do i force myself to not do the second point but still making my stroke fluid

  15. Steven Boom Posted on August 18, 2016 at 7:45 am


  16. Jin Kuang Posted on January 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I think staying with the ball a bit longer is the good advice.  But don't you want to weight transfer from outside leg to inside leg as you rotate?  Also, you do want to use the power of the weight transfer and rotation to help your inside leg to perform the seemless transition into the recovery phase back to the center of the baseline.  By staying too long on your outside leg, you might have difficulty to perform the seemless transition.  I guess at the end, it is all about balance.  You don't want to pull away from the ball too early and you don't want to stay at the outside leg too long.

  17. Tyler Boniol Posted on March 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks man this is probably the best tennis advise channel on youtube

  18. Charles Sandomenico Posted on July 23, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Good tips 👍🎾

  19. Novy Acero Posted on September 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Unless you're djokovic.

  20. gibsonguitarplayer Posted on December 28, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Great tips!!!

  21. dhruval gandhi Posted on February 20, 2019 at 7:27 am

    In snooker we do the same, after a shot we keep our head down. This technique will help one to keep the body still during stroke execution. Thanks!

  22. point fire Posted on August 27, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I needed this tips…thank you!
    Love your teaching!!