Where are the most mistakes made when hitting the ground with a forehand?
I’m glad you asked! 🙋🏼♂️
I want to share with you one of the exercises from tomorrow’s webinar focused on mine 25 favorite exercises and progressions. It all comes down to forehand grounding mistakes. The first thing to understand is the four areas at the back of the court – positions A, B, C and D.
Baseline locations A, B, C, D
Let’s take a look at the current ATP Top 10 player and where he is when he makes forehand errors. The dataset is from 30 matches over the last two seasons. It is also important to note that the player is right-handed.
Where do you think this top 10 player is when he makes the most forehand errors? A, B, C or D?
ATP top 10 player – where he stood making forehand errors
Position A is where his forehand breaks down the most. Exactly 52% (280/538) of all forehand errors were made from position A. That’s a big deal, and these match metrics can help determine what drills you should focus on in practice.
The great rule is this DEFENSE GOES THROUGH COURT!
Running around the pitch gives you the best percentage chance of making a strong, defensive ball and staying on point. On the one hand, you want to take this information and attack your opponent’s forehand in position A as often as possible. On the other hand, you also need to practice strong running forehands in position A.
Below is a video of me working with a player doing just that – passing difficult balls to position A and having the player cross the court to position A with a rotation.
VIDEO: Forehand defense from A to A.
For more of my favorite exercises, click the link below.