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TENNIS LESSONS | How To Crush A Sitter Tennis Forehand

Hey there, it’s Jeff Salzenstein, and in today’s
video lesson, we’re going to get right to it. This is all about the forehand sitter.
The put-away forehand. We’ve had a few people send me emails
the last couple of months. “How the heck do you hit a forehand sitter put-away?” People are really struggling with this shot and it’s actually a shot that you
shouldn’t have to struggle with. It’s one that you don’t need to be frustrated
with anymore, and you can handle it. So, there’s many components to go
into the forehand sitter but the one that we want to talk about today is where you finish with your hand and your racket at the end. So, when you come up for this sitter you’re going to come up, and today,
we’re going to show the version where you’re going to load up your outside leg,
and then land on your front leg, or your inside leg, after you make contact. But the key is where you finish.
The ball, you want to take it above shoulder. Shoulder or above,
you don’t want to let this ball drop and when you finish, your racket
is going to go down like this. You’re going to finish low in this part.
So, it’s anywhere from your pocket up to just below your chest right,
around your ribcage right here. That’s the key to being able to flatten out this ball. You’re going to load up the outside leg,
you’re going to jump in the air, and then you’re going to finish
down towards the pocket. I like to call it “Down to the Pocket.”
Even though you might not go that low you want to think of doing that. Too many players are coming up, and they’re swinging, and they’re still going up over the shoulder and they wonder why they’re flagging the forehand. Luckily, we’ve got a player that can do it today. Max is going to come in, he’s jumping into the scene right now, and he’s going to show us how it’s done. So Max, why don’t you demonstrate it first,
and then we’ll talk a little bit? Go back to the baseline, please. So, I’m going to give Max some high balls right here. I’m just going to toss them up high in the air
as if it’s a sitter. He’s going to take it down the line
and show us his great finish. So, the ball’s right there and you can notice where his racket is going. He’s catching the racket because he’s
been taught to do that by his stickler coach and then he’s finishing down. Notice the racket head acceleration,
because he’s finishing fast and across his body. Good. So Max, come in here for a second. So, I’ve noticed… why don’t you go ahead and
put your hand where you finished? So, it’s somewhere in this area right here. And so, Max, tell me what you’re thinking about
when you’re approaching this ball. (Max): I’m just trying to get my feet in the right position, and then swing pretty fast, and aim low towards the net. Okay. So, I noticed you didn’t go over your shoulder. So, I was even trained to do, to finish lower but what do you notice happens
when you start up here? Take the ball-shoulder height, and you kind of
swing down on. What do you notice happens to the ball for you? (Max): Well, the ball definitely dives down to court,
where it lasers down into the court. Whereas, if I finish more over my shoulder,
it has a tendency to be higher over the net, and float long sometimes. And that’s what you want to do on this sitter.
You want to get that ball at shoulder height or above, even near the head,
and be able to cover that ball. Smother that ball, and hit it down into the court. Now, of course, if you’re hitting your sitters into the net, then you definitely want to finish a little bit higher and we can show you how to fix that as well.
But if you’re missing long and you’re not hitting that laser,
get it above the shoulder and finish down by the pocket. I really hope you received a ton of value
from this lesson today so you can go take action on the court
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for taking the time to watch this lesson today.

David Frank



  1. dsher503 Posted on November 29, 2012 at 3:56 am

    great video thanks!

  2. Justin Marshall Posted on November 29, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Thanks as always. Love your videos.

  3. Ashkan Darbani Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Thanks dear Jeff!

  4. andreeontube Posted on November 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Dear Jeff…would you do a video how to hit the high ball with the 2 handed backhand?..Not the jump up one..thanks

  5. Shane McKeen Posted on November 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Would it be accurate to say you never want to let the racket drop below the net when putting away a high sitter?

  6. tennismonix Posted on November 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Getting feet in right position, stroke down. I'll definitely need to practice this shot! Thank you, Jeff!

  7. Best Hanchamni Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:03 am

    thanks so much

  8. Roman Umbelivible tennis Posted on December 1, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Forehand that you teach is very similar to Gonzalez's forehand!

  9. paleodude Posted on December 23, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Brad Gilbert (from "Winning Ugly") adds that you might should "choke up" on the handle and swing a little slower than usual for control rather than power. You don't have to kill it, just hit it solidly and direct it to the open court.

  10. FairwayJack Posted on January 16, 2013 at 5:40 am

    If you're missing your sitters into the net…make sure your back is upright and straight….crouching / slouching will inadvertently close your racket face.

  11. Him Him Posted on February 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You're GREAT coach I ever seen!

  12. Fitness4London Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This really helps exploit opportunities.
    So easy to hit this ball long if you don't know what you're doing!
    Particularly on a short ball, when you have less runway to play with.

  13. Jon Profile Posted on May 4, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Follow this tennis twitter! @_tennisproblems

  14. Jim Posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Great tip. Thanks.

  15. Bergboy1231 Posted on May 11, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I tend to hit these way too long! What am I probably doing wrong?

  16. Bergboy1231 Posted on May 11, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Well I tend to miss these out long when they are just a little lower than my shoulder, and I can't quite just hit down like a lazer.

  17. Erik den Boer Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I would say you hit up too much. Don't finish over your shoulder unless you're on the baseline. I'm not a coach though, so don't put too much stock in it, but in practise you may want to try playing around with how high (low?) you end your swingthrough.

  18. BODYBUILDING EXPERTISE Posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Jeff you are really not bad, I am watching you more and more. Before I just watches OSCAR WEGNER and JIM MCLENNAN, now I watch more and more you. Please speak more about HEAVY "Nadal like" LIFT…..

  19. HoodaTai Posted on June 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I don't know if anyone else has said this but that is a clean, sick ass court.

  20. bigtomfrost Posted on July 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    nice video! check out my hitting forehands tennis video and let me know what you think! Lets help everyone learn tennis! keep working hard!

  21. reddiez Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:38 am

    ah thank you so much!

  22. Rois300 Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Dude, you're awesome! Really enjoyed this drill even though my shots laser in on the back panel sometimes. I guess that's only a grip adjustment needed to take care of that issue, huh

  23. esshoul Posted on February 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    these are EXACTLY what I TOTALLY suck at: To kill low/high sitters into my bh and fh!!! Im high and when someone plays slow balls to my backhand Im toast!

  24. Sean Lee Posted on March 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Awesome, one of my weaknesses in my tennis game is finishing easy balls like that!
    Great video

  25. R M Posted on March 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Nice, its the little things during the match that make or break you.

  26. MASSIMO GURGEL Posted on March 23, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for the tip. Help me a lot.

  27. Jeff McIntosh Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Well done! Good info

  28. Gill V Posted on June 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

    These videos are good since it shows the right way instead of doing my own thing. I have a similar stroke but end almost shoulder high.

  29. Sz Ki Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:34 am

    @TennisCoachTV Jeff , how do you hit this put away Roger Federer style with a straight / extended arm like he does? Can you do an instruction on that? I feel he has the absolute best put away shots. Thanks.

  30. Seth Williamson Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    @jeff i also agree with @allaboutthemojo, how do you rip the single bend forehand? love your vids they're so helpful thanks mate

  31. Maria Morales Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Them calves

  32. EXDRA100 Posted on April 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    still using full semi-western grip?

  33. PabloC 3 Posted on July 7, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Please no one take this terrible coaching , can anybody coach anymore and not show shit technique my god everyone makes it more hard than it should be and more complex

  34. Tennis Conditioning Posted on January 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    That’s not too bad – nice drill! ☺

  35. Killerkamatis Pogi Posted on February 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I struggle with sitters like that.. what I do is I just position myself and smash it instead.

  36. Beeastman123 Posted on June 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    'Height-th' is that a word?

  37. Junk Dog san Posted on September 26, 2017 at 1:20 am

    What if the ball is coming down but also still high, what if it has backspin on it and the path of the ball is more vertical. ????

  38. Blade NightFall0924 Posted on October 22, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Thanks. Helped me a lot!

  39. purplex mar Posted on November 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Good nice point,. please let me know how to finish the similar ball on the base line.

  40. Monte Gonzales Posted on November 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    What grip are you advising for this shot?
    Semiwestern or eastern…

  41. BrianL Posted on March 1, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for the tip Jeff. I watched this video years ago and put it to good use. This one tip is exactly what I used to crush sitter forehands. Guys wonder how I could flatten the ball so hard and still keep it in the court. Thanks again!

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  43. Telesia Gerstle Posted on June 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks Jeff good tip 👍

  44. Telesia Gerstle Posted on June 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks Jeff good tip👍

  45. Rory Boyle Posted on July 31, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Good video and lesson. Would love to see the 3 demos in slow motion as well

  46. theeachuisge Posted on November 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Does this only apply to sitter forehands? Cause in other tutorial vids, I saw it was suggested still to swing from low to high, but just moderately from a higher level. I'm confused.

  47. Negan Grimes Posted on November 25, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you Jeff, the “down to pocket” solved my problem

  48. L Cervantes Posted on January 15, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Good lesson, hard subject. For me a difficult shot to put away. It appears you approach the back of the ball with an open face, whereas your partner approaches with the edge of the racquet. What do you reccomend? Your technique appears to be the "windshield wiper". Is it? What path do the strings take across the back of the ball? I just got beat against this shot.

  49. Edwin Arce Posted on April 14, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Here's great example of Nadal finishing low on a high sitter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt4OBL45GIE&t=32s

  50. Brian Nguyen Posted on May 18, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Thank you so much Jeff.

    Loved the tip about bringing the racquet down to your waist on the finish.

    Quick question. I know I’m supposed to hit it at shoulder height.

    But the bounce doesn’t always end up exactly at shoulder height. Sometimes it bounces a little bit higher than shoulder height. In that situation, should I let the ball hit its peak and let it drop to shoulder level before I hit it? Or should I hit the ball on the rise before it goes over my shoulder?

    I’ve never been able to figure this out.