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  • Today's game, because of the ball pace, you're having to have shorter and shorter swings

  • to deal with the amount of pace that you're getting. Also, to have a consistent forehand,

  • you want to have a small stroke. In this video, I'm going to show you how to

  • make your swing more compact, so you can have more consistency and deal with more power.

  • The first thing we want to talk about with having a compact swing is your take-back.

  • Now, what I think is really important when you have a compact swing is having a straight

  • take-back. The difference is, I see a lot of players, and they take this huge upward

  • swing. When you take that, it's going to take just as much time to get the racket down and

  • to the level of contact. What would be better is just having this nice,

  • compact, straight-back swing. You see guys like Roger Federer, and even Nadal, they take

  • the racket straight back. You also notice players that have the bigger swings have to

  • play further behind the baseline, making them have to cover more ground.

  • What we want to do to have a compact swing? The key to having a compact swing is just

  • making sure that when we take the racket back, we're going to take it back straight. I like

  • to use the analogy is, having a table and just taking your racket back on top on the

  • table. We're not going to lift the racket off of the table. If you find yourself taking

  • the racket way up, you're going to also find yourself hitting the balls late, and we don't

  • want that. Make sure we're taking the racket straight back.

  • The second tip is keeping your elbow and arm closer to your body. Now, here's the key.

  • This does not mean stuck to your body. This just means slightly closer to your body. When

  • we take the racket back, we don't want to have the elbow way out here and the racket

  • way away from your body. This, again, creates a big swing, that we're trying to make more

  • compact. What we want to do is halve that. Instead

  • of having the racket way out here, we're going to keep the racket here. I'm going to take

  • the racket back with my elbow still not on my body, but close to my body. A good way

  • of measuring this is I like saying taking your thumb and having a thumbs-up, and I'm

  • just going to take my hand and stick it in here.

  • When I'm taking my racket back, I want to make sure that I keep this distance, not too

  • far, not too close. We want to make sure that we're not pulling the racket. It's nice and

  • smooth. It's not going to get caught on my body, but it's not so far away that I can't

  • get behind the ball. That's the key to making sure that we have a nice take-back that's

  • not too far away from our body. The third and final key is making sure that

  • you have your swing, what I call is, on the side of your body. A lot of times, I'll see

  • a player, they'll take the racket back way behind them. I like to say, imagine you have

  • a brick wall right here, and I don't want to take the racket back and hit the brick

  • wall. The key is here, I'm keeping my hand on the side of my body here. I don't have

  • to keep the racket completely on the side, but I'm keeping my hand on the side. When

  • I take the racket back, then my swing is on the side of my body.

  • Make sure that when you're taking your racket back, you're not crossing what I call the

  • plane, that same brick wall. We're not taking the racket back here. See if we can keep the

  • swing nice and compact, and on the side of your body, the entire swing here.

  • Make sure you go out and use these tips to make your forehand more compact, more consistent,

  • and more resilient against your opponent. Thanks for hanging out and watching this video.

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Today's game, because of the ball pace, you're having to have shorter and shorter swings

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Forehand Tennis Lesson: Should You Make Your Forehand Swing More Compact?

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