Tennis Training Myths – Take Your Racket Back Early

Tennis Tips - Forehand Backswing

Tennis Tips
Forehand Backswing

There is a lot of tennis training on the internet now days, so there are more tennis training myths running around than ever before. Even though some of these tennis myths withstand the test of time, they are just wrong. For example, you have probably been told “Take Your Racket Back Early”. Well, this is probably one of the biggest myths running around the tennis community right now. This one myth alone has probably hindered thousands and possibly millions of tennis players over the years. This was being taught when I was a junior tennis player years ago, and it still is being taught today. The intention of this tennis instruction was probably originally to get tennis students to get their racket back at all. I am not 100% sure why, so I am fairly sure that you are not interested in the background as much as knowing how to crush your forehand, right! What I do know is that it will hinder your progress, so do not take your racket back right away. Now, let’s move on.

Modern Tennis Strokes are Continuous

Modern Tennis Strokes are basically one continuous motion from the point of preparation to follow through. In other words, once you have determined that you are ready to swing at the ball, your swing will be one continuous motion Back Swing, Swing, Contact, and Follow Through. Trying to run after a ball with your tennis racket back, will slow you down a lot. Also, without a continuous motion, it would be hard to get the tennis racket up to full speed before contact with the ball making it harder to get power and time the ball consistently. Watch some of the pro’s on TV, they do not take the racket back and run around. And, they do not take the racket back and pause with it pointing towards the back fence waiting to swing at the ball.

Modern Tennis Lessons and Techniques

The modern technique of hitting ground strokes is basically as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Move to the location that you want to hit the ball.
2. Prepare to swing by turning your hips and shoulders sideways to the net.
3. Swing Continuously from the start to finish of the stroke (backswing,contact, and follow through).

Tennis Forehand Training Video Clips

Below is a quick video clip, so take a minute and check it out because watching it will help you understand this tennis forehand backswing technique. Keep this backswing technique in mind while you are practicing or doing Tennis Drills to keep from picking up bad habits over time.

NOTE: Although I am Right Handed, Tennis Tips Daily used the power of technology to enable Left Handed players to better visualize my tennis training by having both a Right and Left Handed Version of our tennis videos available. Hope this helps some of you left handed players out there.

Tennis Forehand Backswing
Left Handed HD

Tennis Forehand Backswing
Right Handed HD

Does having both Right and Left Handed Videos help?
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4 Responses to Tennis Training Myths – Take Your Racket Back Early

  1. Sarah April 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Good post, David! Another myth you have tackled. I will send this article along to my friends as well. Maybe I should just send them your url and they can learn a thing or two from you. 🙂

    • David Evans April 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Sarah, It helps to know that you appreciate the tennis tips. Thanks for the support, David

  2. Lacey August 9, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Thanks for busting the take your racket back early myth! This has been told to me repeatedly. Ugh.. Great article..

    • David Evans August 9, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Lacey, Thanks for positive feedback. Yes, this tennis training myth is common. Knowing this can help you evaluate tennis tips on the internet. 🙂 Have a nice day, David

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