Hi! This is Jeff Salzenstein, CEO of Tennis Evolution,
and USTA High Performance coach and I’ve got a powerful forehand tip that has to do with what you do with your index finger when you
hold the racket and when you swing and this very tip can take your forehand
to a completely new level. Alright, so, what the heck am I talking about? Your index finger can jump your forehand
one or even two levels? YES. In all of my years of coaching,
I’ve seen a lot of forehands and many players – not all, but many players hold the racket incorrectly, and coaches
are not correcting them. It actually boggles my mind, because this is one of the first things you have to check if you want to improve your forehand.
Now, what’s the problem? You got many players holding the racket, and they essentially have their fingers
very close together. Now, it’s okay to have your fingers close together, except for the index finger. You’ve gotta spread that index finger we call
the Trigger Finger. You’ve got to make sure that the hand is
angled on the racket like this. You cannot be holding it in this block grip formation, because when you do this, you’re going to have too much tension in your hand when you swing, and you’re not going to have the feel that you want,
and tennis is a game of feel. You’ve gotta feel that ball hitting the strings and you have to do it by holding the racket correctly
with the index finger spread. So, when I swing, I make sure that I have the correct grip so that I can feel the ball, and I have to make sure that that index finger is spread. So, I make sure that all of my players have that index finger spread on their grip before they do anything else. I don’t try to correct their forehand until I check that. It’s going to give you the relaxation that you need,
it’s going to give you the feel. Now, if you enjoyed this lesson, go ahead
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