One of my subscribers said they were watching the video I did on the effortless one handed back end and they said, Hey Tom, how can I hit an effortless forehand? Well, you can use the rubber band effect a little bit with your forehand, but let me say right here that. You will always be working a little harder with your forehand because with your forehand, your arm is coming across your body and you can't get as much rubber band effect.

Um, on the backhand, you can get a lot because you're stretching out that upper back the shoulder area, and you're really. Pulling that rubber band, but with the forehand, you can't get as much. And because the arm is coming across the body, you're always going to be working a little harder. That's why I liked the one handed backhand so much.

I mean, there are some negatives to it, but, um, you know, especially high ones, you know, you've got to work really hard, but, um, Uh, you know, it's, it's an effortless shot, the one hand, or, but anyway, back to the forehand, how do we do it? Well, I don't know if you've seen, uh, some of the forehands that Nick curios hits.

Okay. I've given that forehand a name. I call it the slap forehand. Okay. Okay. He's real loose with his wrist. Okay. And he gets, he gets good and rocket lag. And then he just snaps his, his wrist and his arm into the shot, like a whip. And I mean, I, I mean, he's hitting forehands at like 125 sometimes, you know, so he's really cranking it.

So anyway, how do you do it? Well, basically, When you, well, first of all, you've got to practice this and be very talented to hit this shot consistently. And I don't recommend it on anything that is not up above around. Let's say it's gotta be about chest high. Just tired to shoulder height is going to be a good time to really use the slap forehand.

So, um, what he does is he's real loose in the wrist. He comes back and then he, he lays the rocket back here a little bit that's racket lag, and then he just snaps yeah. Arm into the shot. And, uh, You can get that rubber band effect because you're stretching it out right here. That's where you're stretching that lower arm out the forearm.

And then you just snap that forearm. And you've got to have a fast shoulder as well, and you're going to get that power. Okay. Let's take a look in slow motion. Okay. The racket comes back relatively high. Okay. Okay. Once I get to this point here, now, the racket is going to drop slightly lower than the contact point right there.

Now I'm swinging forward right there. The racket is lagging slightly behind. Now from here, the wrist will snap right there and come across on the finish. You can see the position of my racket here. The wrist has fully snapped into the shot.

Okay, again in slow motion. Look for those key points. Rachid comes back relatively high. I got to get that racket up. It's a slightly low to high swing, but almost straight across. Right now the ball's up around chest high. So I'm going to come straight across again. You can see the racket is lagging here.

The wrist is out in front, snap it into the shot and come across on the finish.

Okay. From the side, you'll see a little different. Rocket comes back. Slightly high record faces closed. Okay. Right there. You can really see the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist are leading. The racket is lagging. Now the snap, you can see the risk has snapped. Now the record is slightly in front and then I'll fully snap on the finish coming across.

And you can see that their wrist and forearm have relaxed.

Okay. One more in slow motion record comes back. Hi. And now the swing remember is almost horizontal with a slight low to high swing. The more horizontal, the more power you're going to get. But remember the ball has to be up around chest high shoulder height. Okay. Right. Yeah. There again, you can see the racket is lagging, snap it in, and the wrist has fully relaxed on the finish.

That's how you get effortless type power with your forehand.

Okay there, you have it. The slap forehand. Um, remember this shot takes a lot of practice and I only recommended on balls up in the shoulder height, uh, chest high area. So you, because basically, you know, you've got to meet the ball perfectly. Okay. Um, you're basically coming almost straight across Ross with a slightly, you know, loaded the high swing, but you're basically coming straight across.

Slightly low to high, and you're snapping that forearm and wrist into the shot. Please subscribe to the channel. Give me a like a thumbs up, share it with your friends and post any questions or comments below all the best and happy hitting out there.

Tom Avery
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    5 replies to "How To Hit The SLAP Forehand For More Power"

    • Richard Havenga

      Tom: What about shots waist-high, or knee high? Is “lag and snap” still effective?

    • Sues Quinonez

      Hope this finds you strong and well.
      Hmmmm… I’m not sure I understand the “ slap forehand” shot???
      Am I hitting the tennis ball like I hit a racquetball and snap my wrist????
      I thought I keep my wrist cocked back which stretches the forearm muscles like a rubber and…. and then after I make contact with the tennis ball.. I can snap my wrist… which transfers more kinetic energy to the ball????
      Also… I thought the backhand was always easier than the forehand cuz in the backhand , the shoulder already is in front of my hips and leads the shot whereas in a forehand , the Hitting arm shoulder lags and you’ve got to get it out in front of your hips, and then it comes across and around your body…
      Please verify this..
      Thank you

    • Amar Seth

      Hi Tom,

      This is Amar from Mumbai India, a sixth decade tennis student.
      I would like you to consider the following to get that elastic snap on the forehand.
      Try to create a movement in which the top tip of your racquet and consequently your shoulders are still coiling back while your hips have begun to uncoil from the unit turn. This stores all the elastic stretch in the core muscles. The lag and snap happen naturally if the grip and hands are sufficiently loose. Of course it requires a very flexible body, very loose hands and some exquisite timing.
      I always thought I was crazy to imagine such a movement but I was pleasantly surprised to see Fiona Ferro do it a few times at Roland Garros.

      Have a safe and wonderful day.
      Best Regards.

    • Jovito Catungal

      Nice Tom, new tip for me..

      Many thanks,


    • Daniel Berkley

      Typical clear and concise tennis. You are the best! Your buddy Dan Berkley. Yes, the in the MSU green jacket photo of long ago.

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