The Big Forehand's Importance

and the influence it has on your child's tennis development.

The BIG FOREHAND is the one shot that can turn the point in the favor of the player who hits it with consistency, power and control.

In my opinion a BIG FOREHAND is the most difficult shot to build – it is also the most fickle and hard to maintain - yet it holds the most promise for the player who can execute it properly. I have not met a player who would not like to have a BIG FOREHAND, yet despite its universal appeal, it seems that hardly anyone can master it consistently.

By merely playing the game of tennis, your child can develop dependable strokes and win a lot of matches using physical prowess, tenacity and a willingness to win greater than their opponent. However when matched against an opponent that is equally athletic and competitive, who also possesses superior strokes – your child will need more than sheer will and athleticism to win. They will need a BIG WEAPON.

Specifically, when looking at a playerís arsenal of weapons the BIG FOREHAND is the one stroke that can instantaneously turn the balance of the point in the favor of the one who possesses and consistently deploys it.

From a building point of view, the BIG FOREHAND is the only stroke that your child cannot construct and improve by themselves. I am saying that because your child could conceivably get good at serving by practicing 300 – 500 serves every day on their own. The same holds true for backhands, volleys and top spin forehands. In order to build a BIG FOREHAND however, they need the help of another person be that their coach or you – the parent.

What I specifically mean by a BIG FOREHAND is a flat, powerful shot hit with an eastern grip, from a semi-open, two step stance. The BIG FOREHAND should not be confused with the topspin forehand, which comes with numerous limitations. If you are a hands-on parent then you need to have a good understanding of the difference between a topspin and a flat forehand. To read more about the topspin forehand, please go here.