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Topspin Forehand Series Video 4 | Lag and Snap (Top Speed Tennis)

Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard and welcome back
to Top Speed Tennis and your Topspin Forehand Series. In this series we’ve got an awesome video
for you. We’re going to talk about where the pros
get a lot of their speed and a lot of their topspin. That’s that wrist Lag & Snap motion through
contact. It’s really going to help you to increase
your speed and your topspin. I can’t wait to share it with you! For those of you joining us on YouTube, be
sure to stick around at the end. I’ve got some great bonuses for you. All right, let’s go ahead and get into the
technique. There are three basic motions in the Lag & Snap
wrist action we’re talking about through contact. It’s also commonly referred to as Windshield
Wiper. I’m going to go over how it’s a little
bit different than the traditional idea of Windshield Wiper, and some of the common mistakes
you can make when trying to do the Windshield Wiper move. Let’s go ahead and pretend, if we’re going
to the opposite side of the court, this is 12:00. Let’s imagine a clock face here. 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 would be right back at the
camera, and 9:00 over here. We talked about, as we’re loading up for
this forehand, how we need to go ahead and make this L-type motion with our arms. Then the racket needs to be pointed out at
basically a 45° angle. The racket’s going to be at a 45° and the
tip of the racket, from the butt end, will be pointing right over toward 3:00. That’s the first motion that we want to
get into. As we’re loading up, the racket tip is going
to be pointing out toward 3:00 and at about a 45° angle. The second move is where really the magic
starts to happen, and that’s the loading of the forearms. This is called a Stretch/Shortening cycle. Any time you’re going to have a lot of power
and fire your muscles with good speed and good power, we need to first stretch those
muscles and then fire them. What’s going to happen here, from this first
move, we’re now going to make a motion which will be very similar to turning a doorknob
to the right with your wrist. As we’re doing the first piece here, racket’s
out to the right. Now as I’m coming back, I want to go ahead
and turn my hand to the right as though it’s a doorknob. I’m going to do this until the tip of my
racket, now instead of pointing at 3:00, is all the way back to about 7:30. Don’t mistake this with your hand pointing
back toward 7:30. I don’t want my arm to get all the way back
here toward 7:30. I want my hand to stay in front. It’s my wrist and the angle of the racket
that’s going to be pointing back toward about 7:30. That’s stretching out these muscles of the
forearms and making it where they’re more powerful. Now as they snap back, we can get a lot more
speed into it. That’s Motion #2. Motion #1, racket at a 45°, pointing toward
3:00. Motion #2, my arm stays in front but now my
wrist is going to turn out until that racket’s pointing back to about 7:30. Then as we come through, now we’re going
to go ahead and turn the doorknob the other way. We turned it to the right, now we’re going
to turn it back to the left. That’s what’s going to get that snapping
motion through the contact area. Again, if you’re looking from face on, I’ll
go this way. Here’s Move #1, Move #2, and then I’m
going to go ahead and let it snap all the way on around for my final move. Let’s go ahead and take a look at Roger
Federer doing this exact motion. We can see here, as he’s loading up, racket
is pointing out to the right, toward 3:00 just like we were talking about, getting that
general L-type shape. Then as he’s dropping it in, now the racket’s
going to come in. Hand’s staying in front of the body, but
the racket’s dropping in to where it’s pointing at about 7:00 or 7:30. Sometimes even 8:00 if you want to get a lot
of wrist snap into that. Then finally, he’s coming up toward contact
and his hand is turning on over the other way. He’s turning the doorknob to the right,
and then turning the doorknob back to the left, creating that massive amount of snap
and really creating a lot of speed and a lot of topspin. Now that we’ve gone over the general principles,
let me talk about two things that I want you to be aware of that make this a little bit
different than the traditional Windshield Wiper technique, and that you want to make
sure that you avoid. Number one with the Windshield Wiper technique,
a lot of times people think of this as a strictly up-and-down motion. As the racket’s coming forward, it’s going
to be moving up and down this way. We talked about, in Video 1, how the racket
actually needs to be moving at a 45° as we’re coming through contact. Be sure that you’re not trying to go straight
up and down. What will happen is, if I’m going straight
up and down, now my strings are just going to slide across this ball. I may be able to hit it with a little bit
of topspin, but it’s not going to have any force behind it at all. You see how high and soft that was? It didn’t really have much on it. I want to make sure that that ball penetrates
into the other side of the court and really has some more speed on that. We want to make sure we get more of a 45°
angle. That way we’re not only getting topspin,
we’re getting a little bit more of a penetrating shot. Even that one was kind of dinky there! That’s the first thing. Make sure it’s more at a 45° rather than
vertical, which is what you think of naturally when you’re envisioning a windshield wiper. The second thing is, as we’re coming through
contact we want to make sure that we’re hitting this ball where the racket is moving
vertically. Just like this. The racket head is moving
up and down when it’s contacting the tennis ball. That way, as this ball starts to spin it’s
getting just topspin on it. A lot of times when I see people try the Windshield
Wiper technique their wrist is going this way and they’re making contact here somewhere. Now the strings are going at a 45° and that
ball starts spinning sideways, and it’s not going to dive down into the court. That looks something like this, where I’m
wiping across the ball. You can hit all kinds of crazy shots that
are very inconsistent, doing that. It doesn’t get a lot of topspin on it, and
a lot of times it’s not going to do much of anything. It’s just going to kind of float to the
right as you’re doing that. Make sure as you’re coming through you’re
getting this topspin and the racket is moving vertically as you’re coming through the
strike zone. There we go. We can see that that ball dove
straight down into the court. That’s a good thing to keep an eye on. Now let’s go ahead and walk through a series
of progressions to get used to this so we can start to take this into our game. I recommend you take it slow and get your
reps in before you take it out there to the court and take it into a match. As you know, with Top Speed Tennis we always
do some kind of progression. We start out slow, with very simple pieces,
then we build upon that. We’re going to start out by losing the racket,
losing the tennis balls. We’re just going to do the motion with our
hands, get very comfortable, then we’ll add those pieces back in there. Let’s go ahead and start out making this
L-type shape. We’re going to pretend that my fingertips
are representing the racket face. As I’m coming back, now my racket is pointing
out to the right, 3:00. It’s up at about a 45° angle, like we went
over. As I’m extending this down, now my hand
is going to turn inward until my fingertips are pointing down and back at about 7:30,
or maybe even 8:00 if I really want to get that to lag. As I’m coming through here, I want to make
sure that my hand is straight up and down, or the strings would be straight up and down
as I’m getting contact with the ball. That way we’re getting topspin on this. If I do this type of motion, now my hand’s
at a 45°. I’m going to be kind of wiping across the
ball and I’m going to get that sidespin that we don’t want to do. We can get all kinds of crazy shots with that. We’re going back, fingers up, letting them
turn in, making contact right here with strings up and down. Then coming on through to a good, full finish. Once you’ve done about 100 of these, gotten
very comfortable with it, let’s go ahead and add the racket and do the exact same thing. We’re going to pause in these three positions
again. Position #1, racket out, #2, racket drops
in. Make sure that hand’s staying in front of
your body. I don’t want my hand to drop back in here. That’s going to get really difficult to
time that forward momentum. Position #2…Position #3. My strings are up and down, to where now as
I’m making contact, that’s going to be just topspin. Then if you’ve done this, go ahead and come
on through to a good, full finish. Get very, very comfortable with that, and
then make it into one fluid motion. I come back and I’m letting that racket
snap. I should be feeling, right as I’m coming
through contact, that my racket is snapping and I’m getting that 45° upward angle. Now, once you’re comfortable with that,
let’s go ahead and try to hit a couple shots doing this. Just nice and easy, tossing the ball. You don’t need to take it out to a match
play or anything like that yet. You’re just going to go ahead and practice
this on your own. I got that one a little low. There we go, that got a little bit more topspin
on it. You’re not trying to really do anything
special with these. You’re just making sure that you’re getting
used to that motion. Getting that hand to turn back in and then
create that topspin. They’re not going to be really pretty at
first. You don’t have to do anything fancy. You’re not trying to hit them 100 miles
an hour. You’re just getting really comfortable with
that stroke. Then you can build upon that to where you
can go out in a match or playing a partner. You’re going to be comfortable enough with
it to be able to take it to when it matters in a tournament, and it still hold up. Good luck to you guys! I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and I’ll
see you all very soon. For those of you joining us on YouTube, I
hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did like this video, be sure to click
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and to bring you guys some more free videos. If you have any questions on anything we’ve
covered in this video, be sure to post your comment below and I’ll answer that personally. I have a great bonus for you guys! This is one video out of a series of videos
on how to create more topspin, a whole progression. We go over racket setup, we go over grip,
we go over all the technique. I’m going to play a preview from another
video in this series. If you want to watch that entire video, plus
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you can put in your email and we’ll send the whole thing to you, free of charge. I really look forward to working with you
guys much more in the future. Good luck with that topspin, and I’ll see
you soon! Hi guys, I’m Clay Ballard and welcome back
to Top Speed Tennis and the Topspin Forehand Series. Hopefully you guys have watched a couple of
the first videos. We talked about what creates topspin, what’s
the perfect grip, and what’s the perfect racket setup. Now today we’re going to get to the real
fun stuff, in my opinion. We’re going to start talking about technique
and how you can use this right arm to not only create more speed, but to do it by using
physics instead of power. And also how you can use this right arm with
the exact same motion to get more topspin. Be sure to stick around, at the end I have
some great drills for you guys. Let’s go ahead and get started! As I mentioned, we want to use this right
arm in the correct way to create some speed. We’ll go over speed first, then we’ll
talk about the topspin. If you can imagine my right shoulder here
as being a pivot point, then my right arm is going to swing on this pivot. I have a full 360° range of motion, or roughly
360°. As I let my arm swing, I’m just going to
let it swing with gravity here. You’ll see that my fingertips are actually
moving with some pretty good speed, without very much muscular effort. That’s because I have a pretty long lever
here. My right arm is extended, and creating a long
lever. If I bend my right arm and shorten this lever
and my hand is much closer to my pivot point here on my shoulder… Now as I let that swing, my hand is going
to be moving much slower. As I let that extend out, it’s going to
move much faster. That’s what we want to do in the forehand
also, is create a longer lever…

David Frank



  1. Phillip D'Orazio Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I've seen so many videos on this, this was the best one, why? the fact that you outlined the door handle aspect of the SCC (out then in). Most talk about the wrist pull towards the ball, but never mentioned what caused the lag, the outward wrist motion? thanks

  2. LI wenjun Posted on November 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

    This video is the best forehand tips I have ever watched. I knew this before this video, but this video is the best for all begingers. I'll ask my 6-year-old watch this. 🙂

  3. Lubo Velkov Posted on November 9, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Hi Clay,
    Thank you so much for sharing your
    Topspin Forehand Series with us! Your lessons are a great tool to learn modern Tennis the right way and I enjoy them a lot!
    I have only one question – I can't find PART 2 of your 4-part series. I have actually watched most of the videos you share (and keep watching them regularly… LOVED the "Grigor Dimitrov Forehand Rythm, as I am Bulgarian 🙂 and recommend it 100%
    Grigor Dimitrov: Forehand Rhythm and Power (Top Speed Tennis) )
    and I've saved the other 3 parts in my "Tennis Coaching" Playlist, but keep failing to find Part 2. Could you please help me with that? (…while I watch another great video of yours:
    Modern (Open) Forehand Vs. Closed Forehand (Top Speed Tennis)
    Modern (open) AND Classical (closed) Stance Forehand )

    All the best and THANKS ! 🙂

  4. Anand Iyer Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This video has helped me correct a problem i had with my top spin. i used to get contact at the 14 deg angle and hence the ball used to travel without much speed and always to the left (i am right handed). Thanks for helping me correct my mistake… 

  5. Fitness4London Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Really good instruction to get that whip-like acceleration thru contact. Feels amazing once you get the hang of it.

  6. Lord Byron Posted on November 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I can't believe it but you identified what I've been doing wrong all these years. I'm bringing my arm back to 7:30 instead of leaving it out in front at 3: o'clock and turning the wrist to 7:30. Thank you for pointing this out and keeping your analysis simple and not too technical.

  7. Marcus Warren Posted on November 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    really fucking good video dude! im like 21 and i want to start playing for fun and i want federer's forehand this will help me alot! 

  8. Richard Saenz Posted on December 6, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I've been subscribing to a bunch of tennis channels on youtube for about two years. I just recently found Top Speed Tennis and this breakdown of the topspin swing progression with all the key frames is my favorite series. The whole "doorknob, lag, snap" description finally gives me the "aha!" feeling.  Thanks a bunch and please keep them coming.

  9. Ale Bale Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Small world! I know you as the "Lag Doctor" !!!!
    Nice job as usual….

  10. Rick Martin Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:01 am

    outstanding information – thanks

  11. BODYBUILDING EXPERTISE Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    You have very nice videos, very nice capacity to explain things, the only one thing bothering me is that you always stay with a close stance. I think that now 90% of the players are playing either an open stance or a semi-opened stance…

  12. Simple Modern Tennis Posted on December 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    First of all, the use of the body is what creates the lag of the racket. The way he's teaching it makes it sound like you have to force the racket lag and snap with your forearm which is false. The way he's presenting this may be good for beginning players to learn the correct arm mechanics of the strokes, but the element of the body is completely left out in this video – this greatly concerns me. Actively forcing your forearm to do that lag, doorknob, and snap thing can lead to easy injuries. 

    Though, he talks about how we are suppose to be hitting through the ball and not completely brushing the ball on the "windshield wiper;" that's good.

    I don't think he knows the importance of the body for all the strokes even though he has pretty good use of the body in his technique. Then again I have not looked at the rest of his videos on the forehand, maybe he addresses the use of the body in those.

    I'm pretty certain if this was taught to a beginning player, it would work out fine, but if the use of the hips and core is never addressed, his/her potential will be limited.

    The pros like Nadal and Federer make it seem like they are doing certain things actively like this in their strokes but in reality, it is all a result of simply the proper use of their core.

  13. Tribal Cafe Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

    great concept on top spin generation.. 

  14. Punjabi James Posted on January 4, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Great video this is exactly what i needed 

  15. KW Tennis Nation Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Clay, I was curious if you play tennis? I didn't find you on tennislink. Did I you play as a junior? What's your playing experience, ranking?

  16. Don cry Posted on January 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    nice practise, thanks

  17. Patricio Mora Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Hi Clay, I hope this message finds you well. I got a quick question for you. I started to incorporate the lag and snap to my forehand. I can immediately see the benefits, as you create greater head speed and accuracy (much to my surprise). However, the more I use it with more consistent players that have a heavier ball, I noticed I am starting to get a slight disconfort in my wrist and a bit of a tennis elbow sensation. Is that a common occurrence when starting to use the lag and snap or a problem with the technique? Thanks!

  18. Sireesh Ramesh Posted on January 22, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Hey Clay, can you please do a video on second serves. I have been playing tennis for seven years and I loose a majority of points from double faults.

  19. Tennis Passion Posted on January 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Real good this video

  20. david colon Posted on January 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Clay
    David from the Bronx, just started learning this summer. 68 yrs. of age. I think in pretty good shape. this forehand stroke has been a problem. I like your instruction on lag and snap. my question is this. at position 2, I feel as if my hip and shoulder turn are in tuned with this motion coming to contact. I have yet to try it on the court. please tell me I am on to something that will finally work. now I have a ball hanging on a string in  my garage. it feels pretty good. , how do I communicate with you. please [email protected],net

  21. Tony Cappella Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    You never mentioned anything about what grip you were using. Many videos miss this point as well. What grip would you recommend for this forehand action? Thanks.

  22. david colon Posted on January 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    thanks so much for the response. I look forward to following your instructions

  23. Benny Tom Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    what racquet do you recommend?

  24. Benny Tom Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    also, on contact, should the racquet head be square or slightly angled?

  25. Benny Tom Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    could you do a video on cross courts (+ inside/out) shots?

  26. Srinivas Bandaru Posted on February 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Great video tutorial. thanks a lot. 

  27. HollywoodToronto Posted on February 7, 2015 at 2:56 am

    This is a good video some very good points. But there is one thing I think needs further fine tuning. When your forehand arm sets up for a take back…the elbow should not lock at 7:30 position. It should still be bent. When the arm moves forward then the elbow locks due to momentum. As well, you should not turn or twist the racquet at the wrist from 3 to 7:30pm. This occurs when when your slightly bent arm/elbow in the take back position moves forward rapidly causing the racquet to move into the 7:30 position and then the arm elbow locking during forward motion never during the back motion. If you watch Federer's forehand at 240fps you will notice the arm moves forward first causing the chain reaction in the rest of the swing. Don't forget slower take back faster forward swing. Cheers.

  28. Nick Warshaw Posted on February 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    When pointing at 3pm how far should the elbow be from the body? I seem to be too close to body iteslf

  29. some vino Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Clay for this EXCELLENT video (and all the other great vids)! Watched many videos on the web and many helped but this one improved my forehand more than any other video. What you explain between 4:45 and 5:45 really changed my forehand big time. While it looks rather obvious so many (including me) do it wrong. More importantly, the nice thing about it is that in order to do what you explain one is (i) more or less forced to get the body into the right and powerful position and (ii) to keep the wrist passive/lagged long enough to achieve good consistency and rather effortless power. I took the image back to the court and it immediately made a huge difference. Have worked on this since fall now and am MUCH more consistent and powerful than before plus my arm does not get tired anymore (had tennis elbow problems before).

  30. Praveen Bhide Posted on February 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Great video clay thanks. very useful. I would just like to know that when n how do we pronate while hitting this shot?

  31. David Yeo Posted on March 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Great Video…

  32. HS SH Posted on March 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Wow,,, very very impressive! Thanks for a great lesson,,,

  33. TV화토 Posted on March 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    hi. i have some question!
    can i use a seme-western grip when i try this forehand

  34. 98ioannis Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Impressive. Really helpful!

  35. dozu888 Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    This door knob analogy is great…. however I wouldn't worry too much about generating pure topspin. Some side spin is normal if the contact point is high.

  36. Red Flame 39 Posted on March 26, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I am a tennis player for high school and learning the game. Hopefully this helps me improve my forehand.

  37. TV화토 Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Hi clay
    I am trying to learn this forehand
    and I was practicing forehand and two handed backhand to use forearm
    So i can get a better backhand
    but Using forearm in forehand is harder than backhand
    I think that reason is that forehand have to use forearm more than backhand
    what is the better backswing to learn ur forehand between l type(45degree) shape or loop swing
    Thank u

  38. Praveen Bhide Posted on April 2, 2015 at 6:51 am

    thanks Clay, Praveen here again. A little doubt, when n how to release the wrist in snap from its cocked back position?

  39. Sylvia Lopez Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    your voice is so sexy, as well as your legs.

  40. mk453879 Posted on April 5, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I learned more in this video than two months of prior private lessons. Thank you! I just was wondering about the follow through. I see your racquet head final position is over the top of your left shoulder while Roger's example (and other video instructors I watched) follow through is more straight across the front of the torso with the head ending up below the left shoulder. Any suggestions?

  41. AnimeOnePiece123 Posted on April 7, 2015 at 12:02 am

    At 2:39, instead of me swinging across with the racquet somewhat parallel to the ground, my entire racquet dropped down to the ground (looked like my racquet was upside down and parallel to the net). What can I do to fix this?

  42. GodGod KB Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Hi maybe u could try following thru at below the left shoulders(halfway between elbow and shoulder) i think it will looks great and easier & shorter path resulting to higher speed. Not sure will it be true , just looking at this video and analysed haha

  43. Panda Squad Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    How you hit hard?

  44. B. A. J Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Excellent teacher. Very well done. I love the way you break down the motion into segments. VERY helpful.

  45. Liam A Posted on May 7, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Excellent teaching! Id love to have you as a coach

  46. Joe Rankovic Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    excellent, the best lessons on youtube for sure

  47. Mohanraj Periasamy Posted on May 15, 2015 at 5:21 am

    off late i started watching you video….looks really great…do you upload any videos on double handed backhand?

  48. rares cuzdriorean Posted on May 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

    nice video. even though the follow through should be a bit lower and with the raquet head pointing down and not up(check federer s forehand). great video though

  49. ilovetofu Posted on June 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    My gosh!  Respectfully, please thank your parents for that one night stand, creating you, and the Man upstair for giving you the knowledge and talent to teach.

  50. benyblancs Posted on June 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Clay! This is exactly what I needed. I have been struggling with this part of my game a lot lately. I love the reference to turning the doorknob. I cannot wait to go out there and practice this. My problem has been that when i first learned to hit my forehand i was told repeatedly to keep my wrist in the same position. This led to a lot of pushing the ball and very little racket head speed.  Great video!

  51. jovipk1 Posted on June 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Clay,
    Excellent video, no words to say you Thanks for such a nice video,  My coach never taught me these techniques of having L shape posture and turning wrist,I always struggle to play good forehands in wrong technique, but not anymore!
    Just wondering can we use the pro style foot steps as you explained in 6 steps footwork video?
    You are awesome!

  52. Roses Revolvers Posted on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Excellent instructions coach, this is exactly what I needed. I knew about the windshield wiper motion but I was doing it all wrong, swiping the ball across at 45 and not vertical, also the analogy of the clock and the door knob turning made everything clear, I was doing these motions randomly hence the ball not landing properly. Thank you!

  53. bob martin Posted on July 19, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Hi, I just had a question, are you using a eastern or semi western grip for this . Please respond

  54. Nick Warshaw Posted on July 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks . once unit turn should I turn more when trying to get racket back to 8 oclock?

  55. john lara Posted on July 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Great tips and super good way to break down the forehand and useful door knob turning and racquet angle.

  56. bob martin Posted on July 31, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    can you use the windshield wiper forehand on a semi western grip?

  57. j mark Truett Posted on August 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    when you actually hit your forehands, your hand is definitely NOT in front of your body…. that is, when you point your racquet to 7:30, your hand is behind your body also pointing towards 7:30.

  58. bob martin Posted on August 7, 2015 at 2:50 am

    what about western?

  59. Grave264 Posted on August 19, 2015 at 5:59 am

    @Top Speed Tennis when your swinging to contact are you doing it by swinging with your arm and the then the cores just naturally uncurling from the unit turn or are you actively consciously turning the hips and keeping the racquet stationary?

  60. Nick Wheatley Posted on August 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Please check the Federer slow-mo again, it's clear that he is first starting the swing to the ball, and then achieving the racket lag position, not the other way around as your video appears to be endorsing. Federer and other high level players achieve the racket lag from a very loose grip, and allowing gravity to let that racket lag behind AFTER they start accelerating the racket forward to the ball. This is very clear from all the slo-mo footage out there. I appreciate your efforts to make the video, but please explain your reasoning for teaching it this way?

  61. Claudio Prado Posted on September 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I have a question. Should I choke up on the racquet handle? I've seen Federer holding the racquet very away from the butt, and I've read that choking up you get more control and you can hit harder, is it true? Thank you for your good lessons and waiting to hear from you soon Regards Claudio.

  62. Ying Pang Posted on September 10, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Thanks! you explain much better than my coach

  63. Rui Guimarães Posted on September 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Excellent! Very clear explanation and very usefull progression drills!

  64. dabrownhornet99 Posted on September 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    okay, been playing for years and have watched many hours of tennis video. THIS video series gave me the final piece to my forehand. i could never generate the type of effortless power i know i am capable of until now. i took this advice to the court yesterday and was awed by the results. Your Sir turned my forehand into a real weapon! the centripetal force as you explained it produced incredible pace and spin! thank you!

  65. efrain ramos Posted on September 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Great video this is the correct technique for the forehand.

  66. efrain ramos Posted on September 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Mr.prado you never choke up on the racquet handle for the forehand because the wrist must be relax after contact
    to have a fluid motion.Chocking up will only keep you stiff during the swing.

  67. Peter Mackey Posted on November 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi, sorry if this has already been answered. how hard should I grip the racket?

  68. xuan quy luong Posted on January 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    great video1

  69. infiniteriver93 Posted on February 2, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Is there any correlation between hitting a draw in golf and hitting a modern topspin forehand?

  70. Jason Posted on February 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    When the racket is lagging should the racket face face the ground or the side fence? Also when your snapping the racket are you using wrist flexion or wrist ulnar deviation?

  71. Den Abdullah Posted on February 3, 2016 at 2:36 am

    tnx for the videos. i just have a query. does this also apply for semi western grip. i have a problem on my backswing its just not comfortable enough

  72. Jason Posted on April 9, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I've been practicing this technique and the ball keeps going out… should i consciously pronate after the lag phase?

  73. ProjectDo Posted on April 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Hey Clay, do you think that if i already have a decent lag and snap, by adding more weight to the racquet head, it will make the lag and snap even better? Since it weights more the head will lag even more? Or could I generate a similar lag with a light racquet.. thanks!

  74. David Ta Posted on April 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Clay ! Thanks for your videos, very helpful!
    I'm playing in France and my teacher told me that we do not have to force the "turning the knob" and the lag should be the consequence of a total relaxation of the wrist, is it right or we have to force it ?

    Thanks for your answer 🙂

  75. Justin T Posted on April 29, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for the video. Where is the Topspin Forehand Series Video 2?

  76. Pete Tan Posted on May 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hey Clay thanks so much for this great video. I just tried it today with my partner and it was exactly what was lost in my forehand.

    Normally my forehand has a lot of spin but lacks power. I usually play it as a defensive stroke. but today using your technique "turning the doorknob" part really gave the snap and my forehand turned into an amazingly aggressive shot.

    The speed and penetration were impressive. I scored so many winners today and my friends were asking what did I do??? lol

    Thank you so much for the great advice.

  77. Luu Doan Posted on June 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Hi, Clay. I use to play a lot of tennis and I agree completely with your explanation of the topspin forehand. This is exactly how I use to hit it using the western forehand. One of the most dramatic examples of the western forehand was Jim Courier and a professional named Aaron Krickstein. When you look at slo-mo videos of their forehand, it looks like they are dislocating their wrist every time they hit a forehand. I subscribe to Top Spin Golf now and think you are a great instructor.

  78. Shriram R G Posted on June 16, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    thanks a lot for the video.. can you explain more on the point of contact? is the wrist already released during point of contact or is in the process of snapping or still waiting in the phase before the snap ?

  79. Timothy 'Sully' Sullivan Posted on July 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    fantastic! you are once of the best instructors I've ever found.

  80. brett widenhouse Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Hi and thanks for the video,
    I'm 56 and sick of having side spin on my forehand so I'm making a (painful!) change.
    Anyway, one point of clarity, you mentinon keeping the hand in front of the body on the back stroke. I'm not sure what you mean? I see that your'e not putting the hand way behind the body but keeping it in front seem awkard. If you can clarify that, I'd appreciate it greatly.


  81. ProjectDo Posted on October 18, 2016 at 4:34 am

    So you encourage a straight hitting arm vs a bent elbow? I ask because I saw on a video recently that most pros use a bent elbow, maybe I got that the opposite way. What are the benefits of each? thanks!

  82. Geomar Brito Posted on November 23, 2016 at 1:23 am

    great vídeo.

  83. Milen Spegar Posted on April 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful video! I just have a quick question. As I'm making contact, it's not the racket face that's the problem, it's that the racket points too far down. I'm assuming it's because I try snapping my wrist too late, resulting in contact where the racket isn't parallel to the ground, but more with a 45-50 angle with the ground. Is there any way to fix this? Thanks!

  84. Tony Daysog Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Wow . . . you do both tennis and golf!

  85. Johnny Kwan Posted on April 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

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  86. Nicole M Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Great video!! Thank you

  87. ellisforest Posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Clay, when I am trying to relax my wrist through the swing, my wrist tends to roll over and turn the racket face upward, which launches the tennis ball upward. Any tips to keeping my racket face in a downward angle while staying loose? My grip is already at Semi-western. thanks

  88. J L Kent Posted on August 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This is Great. I like the bio mechanics. Using your body more & arm less. I am going to practice duplicating your swings. 100x? ok I will try to get that rhythm 12 – 3 – 7 o'clock. Gotta get to the court. Thx

  89. JP Tennis Posted on September 26, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Hi clay I'm a young coach in Argentina,my student places the racket in the table position but at the time of going to the stroke he continues in this position until the impact and ends up with the racket not perpendicular to the floor. This is because he does not do what is explained in the video ?

  90. Sun Mythologist Posted on March 9, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for the videos, simple accurate instruction! Well done, can’t wait to add these tips to my weekly lessons

  91. msolyst Posted on March 12, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    best video ive seen so far about Lag and Snap! the doorknob metaphor, in particular, was so helpful. thanks!!!

  92. AKHENATON AMENOPHIS 4 Posted on April 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Good !

  93. Taco House Pattaya Posted on June 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Great video, clear. I was doing this often instinctively but was never confident that my stroke was correct. Watching this helped me to clarify the movement, and increase my own confidence. I am hitting the ball well now. Great vid. Thanks.

  94. terryebeg Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:02 am

    The door nob is a good analogy but you don't force it. It should happens naturally if the technique is done right.

  95. Sung Lee Posted on August 18, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    For topspin I think it’s best to just get the racquet below the then swing forward, then you will get the natural low to high swing and you will get the topspin too instead of obsessing about getting topspin

  96. Hiren Kamat Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Good lecture.
    Just a quick qs.
    U mentioned that we should hit at 45 degree angle and not vertical. But later u mentioned that for topspin it should be a vertical contact.
    Could u plz clarify this?