Every swing, unless you miss the ball, has a contact point. It’s a crucial moment in your tennis swing. Understanding it and all its components will help you improve your swing. In fact, working on this is even more important than the speed of your swing.
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. Good habits, on the other hand, will make your game. When it comes to your forehand contact point, consider the following tips:
Watch the pros, listen to the teachers
While the pros could play circles around most teachers, they may not be able to tell you how they did it. Let the pros inspire you by the things they can do on the court. Watch them, study them, and get motivated. But to learn how to hit a tennis ball, turn to the coaches and teachers. Tap into the rich wealth of experience and information they have about the game.
Understand the hitting zone
The hitting zone is a crucial component of the contact point. It’s the time the racquet spends in a vertical position with the strings pointing toward the ball. Want to improve your timing? Increase the length of your hitting zone. That’s what the pros do. This gives you a greater margin of error. Remember, the shape of your swing is more important than the speed.
Perfect the contact point
This is the target of much of the confusion about topspin. You hear many players, coaches, and commentators say you need to come over the ball for topspin. More recently, they’ve begun calling it the windshield wiper forearm. If you slow down the contact point of all the best players, though, you’ll see this isn’t true. The fact is, the racquet’s still vertical and the strings are still pointing toward the ball, even at the moment of contact. Only the shoulder moves. The wrist, forearm, and elbow remain fixed until after the racquet has passed completely through the hitting zone.
Hold your position after the ball is hit
Even once the ball is hit, the racquet holds its position. It remains perpendicular to the ground, the strings pointing toward the ball. This is where you’d expect to see the racquet change position if it were coming over the ball. However, slowing down the contact point of professional players reveals the contrary. Hold your position! The racquet should look identical a foot before and a foot after the ball is hit.
Finish on edge over your shoulder.
After the ball is hit, the swing slows down and this is where you see the racquet “coming over” for many pros. In actuality, it’s only coming over the air. However, this adds no value to the swing and is incredibly difficult to get the timing right. Instead, when it’s time to release your elbow, just finish on edge over your shoulder. Remember your backswing is always more important than the follow through.
The Origins of the Misconception
If you’re wondering how this misconception began and has gained so much popularity, the answer is technology. Rather, the lack of it. Before we had the ability to record and slow down gameplay for analysis, coaches and players could only use their eyes. The tennis swing is much too fast for the eye to see clearly, and the racquet appeared to be rolling over the ball. We now know this is not the case.
Master the Right Techniques
It’s vital to your game and your enjoyment of the game that you learn the right techniques. Don’t let misconceptions inform your play. Master the basics like your forehand contact point to see the best results. Get started with this guide to the tennis forehand contact point and Contact Us to begin tennis lessons today!