In tennis, the forehand is the most aggressive stoke, and for the majority of players, it's what gains them the upper hand over their opponent. Check out our tips on how to do a great run-around forehand!
In tennis, the forehand is the most aggressive stoke, and for the majority of players, it's what gains them the upper hand over their opponent.
Something that can make all the difference in a rally and even finish the point is the run-around forehand. This involves moving so that you can play a forehand from your backhand side.
The aim is to play a better shot than you'd be able to do with just a backhand.
Check out the video below on how to do a great run-around forehand!
Try not to do run-around forehands on balls that are too wide on your backhand side, as you risk not having enough time to get back into the centre of the court for the next shot.
If you come up against an opponent who tends to push you onto your backhand side, it might be worth running around to do a forehand and upsetting your opponent's flow, forcing them to change tactics.
In terms of technique, to avoid playing your stroke too late, it's important to start preparing your shot as you move across the court.
To move quickly, take very small, fast steps, preferably sideways, so that you're in an open stance as you hit the ball.
Being in an open stance will make a cross-court forehand easier, but it's less surprising.
However, it's not something to do as a matter of course.
In fact, even if you love running around on your backhand side, it's important to carefully choose the balls that will give you the best chance of correctly positioning your run-around forehand so you can have the greatest impact.
If you get into position early, you can then send a fast ball straight down the line to try to finish the point.
Your turn to give it a try!