Colorado Tennis Tips: Tennis Forehand Contact Point (Special Holiday Fix From High Altitude Tennis)





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Uploaded on Dec 25, 2011


This week Colorado Tennis Academy owner Ryan Segelke from High Altitude Tennis Academy discusses that it is crucial when watching your favorite players tennis forehands like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that you focus on what counts: contact and the moments leading up to it.

It becomes very easy to see that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have very appealing tennis forehand finishes! But the more we understand the tennis forehand groundstroke the more we understand that this is a players personality shining through. Of course there is a reason that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal finish differently on the tennis forehand groundstroke. Rafael Nadal's grip is on the bottom side of 4 (semi-western) which is creating a tremendous amount of spin because of the grip and more importantly because of how low his racket gets below the ball and how fast he is accelerating up through his tennis forehand groundstroke (important if you play Colorado Tennis). Roger Federer's tennis forehand groundstroke finishes just below his left shoulder and occasionally in practice he will catch his tennis forehand groundstroke just above his right shoulder. What makes Roger Federer finish lower than Rafael Nadal on the tennis forehand groundstroke is the fact that Roger Federer will not get the racket as low as Rafael Nadal meaning that the upward angle of his stroke will not be as severe causing the racket to finish lower by his left shoulder.

Instead of focusing on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's tennis forehand finishes we must shift our focus on what counts the most in a tennis forehand ground stroke. The contact point IS THE MOMENT of truth in every players tennis game on every stroke. So we must focus on ensuring that we get the most out of the 5-7 milliseconds the ball is in contact with the strings! Focusing on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's similarities on the tennis forehand will get your game much further than focusing on their differences on the tennis forehand groundstroke.

Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will take the racket back high, then the racket will go low, then back up high again after impact and as their unique follow throughs take shape on their tennis forehand groundstrokes. The swing path goes high, low, high and because the racket gets below the ball they can now swing inside out which will give them the longest possible hitting zone. The racket face will be square at impact, and the strings will not extend out and up to the intended target on both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's tennis forehand groundstrokes.

So we challenge all Colorado Tennis players... the next time you are watching your favorite pro's tennis forehand groundstroke, make sure you focus on what counts. You will see these similarities in the tennis forehand groundstroke in many of your favorite players. Then let your personality shine and finish how you like as long as you are taking the racket high, low, high and inside out to the intended target.

Again, on your tennis forehand groundstroke I believe that colorado tennis students often forget that the ball is only on the strings for 5-7 milliseconds. It becomes extremely crucial that we understand that to hit the ball where we would like we must get the most out of this moment on our tennis forehand groundstroke.

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