A question I frequently get asked by my students is why the racquet face closes on the Federer forehand. This mysterious occurrence is due to Roger’s contact...
Your racquet face naturally opens up (tilts upward) as you swing forward. You need to start your forehand swing with it facing somewhat downward in order for it to end up at vertical as it meets the ball.
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Tennis Forehand Slice Technique . Some players prefer to position their racket face in front of their left shoulder. This is the case for right handed players. However, if you are a left-handed player, position it in front of your right shoulder.
The forehand swing is performed while the palm of the dominant hand that is holding the racket faces forward. Essentially, the tennis forehand is made by swinging the racket across one's body in the direction of where one wants to land the ball.
The closed racquet face is obtained, by keeping the 30 degree bend in the wrist that was initially done during the ready position as well as having a eastern or more extreme forehand grip. If the the racquet face is closed it will end up in a vertical position at the contact point.
The slice is done by holding the racket with your arms on your side with the racket face towards the court. As the ball approaches you tilt the racket and with an upward motion carry it through across your body.
But on the forehand it’s different and it depends on the grip. A continental grip would show as a slightly open racket face in preparation whereas all other grips would have a neutral or closed racket face. So only if one would turn their wrist up for some reason then they would need to be told to close it.
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