In a recent email, I received a question from a tennis player seeking advice on how to avoid consistently hitting the ball late. Additionally, she asked if I could recommend any tennis drills to help improve her ability to make contact with the ball earlier.

In response, I have created a video (see above) that not only addresses her concern but is also beneficial for anyone looking to enhance their forehand and backhand groundstrokes by making contact further out in front.

The tennis drill I present in the video is quite straightforward.
While rallying with a tennis partner or utilizing a ball machine, focus on pushing your body forward each time you strike the ball. Make sure that at the completion of your swing, your weight is shifted onto your front foot (assuming you step forward to meet the ball) while simultaneously elevating your back foot.
If you’re practicing with a partner, it’s a good idea to communicate the purpose behind this technique to avoid any bewildered expressions. Just let your partner know what you’re aiming to achieve with this footwork adjustment. This way, you can steer clear of any amusing or puzzled looks. 🙂

I encourage you to try this drill, and share your experiences or any alternative suggestions you may have for achieving early ball contact in the comment box below. Your feedback will be appreciated.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

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