Since my last tennis post, my forehand has been getting better. It still doesn’t feel right though. It kind of feels like I switched hands and am now trying to learn lefty. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ll ever get it.
I have decided to go back to my natural “open stance forehand.” This is the way I have been playing for years, before attempting to learn this sideways stance forehand that I am having all sorts of trouble with.
I thought it might be a good idea to show you both tennis strokes here, so you know what I’m talking about.
First, take a look at this traditional forehand tennis stroke. Notice how the body turns and the left foot comes forward.
Now, take a look at what’s more natural for me. This is the open stance forehand. Notice how the body stays open and the right foot guides the body.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout.
Just to let you know, tennis is one of those games where old habits die hard. There are a lot of new players using a more extreme Western grip and open stance forehand and getting tremendous results with them. The pros don’t like to teach that way of playing for some reason.