Tennis: Swings

The Forehand Swing

The forehand is one of the most commonly used swings in tennis. A balance of power and control is needed to make effective shots. For a right-handed player, the forehand stroke begins on the right side of the body, continues across the body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the left side of the body. Most players use only one hand on their racquet to make a forehand, but two hands a perfectly legal.

The Backhand Swing

The backhand is generally considered more difficult to master than the forehand. Many opponents recognize it as a weak spot for most players and will continually return shots that force a player to use their backhand stroke. For right-handed players, the backhand is a stroke that begins on the left side of their body, continues across their body as contact is made with the ball, and ends on the right side of their body. It can be executed with either one hand or with both.

The Serve

The serve is a shot to start a point. To serve the player tosses the ball into the air and hits it, usually at the height of the throw, into the diagonally opposite service box all without touching the net. The serve may be hit under- or overhand.