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Semi-Western Grip

- Used for Forehand


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Backswing Details...

1. Wrist is flared out and elbow is bent creating the "crooked arm position".

2. Strings facing out sideways.

3. Left hand holding throat.

4. Elbows up and bent and off the body.

5. Prior to ball bouncing, left hand comes off throat and right arm starts loop.

​6. Hips turned and sideways after shoulder turn.

7. First step is usually done by opening up the right foot, either sideways, forward, backward depending on ball's location. Second step is left foot turning body sideways.

8. Loop starts slowly and continuously.

9. Left arm reaches across with forearm, hand and fingers firm and tense.

10. Weight loads up right leg (open stance), or left leg (neutral stance).

11. Strings face down as racket prepares to swing forward.

12. Butt cap points to ball prior to forward swing.

13. As shoulders begin to open, left arm starts to pull across body.

Contact Point

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Contact Point Details...

14. Racket swings toward ball leading with butt cap.

15. Hips rotate into swing with weight shifting to right to left leg.

16. Weight transfers to left leg through swing.

17. Racket head speeds up and should be at full acceleration through the contact point.

18. Left hand continues to pull across staying bent and close to the body.

19. At contact, arm stays in "crooked arm position" and elbow is about six inches from the body.

20. Contact point should be about one to two feet in front of body (depending on height, arm length and grip).

21. Head remains sideways through contact point and into follow through.

22. Racket swings low to high through the contact point.

23. Shoulders continue to rotate through the contact point.

Follow Through

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Follow Through Details...

24. After contact, weight shifts to left leg.

25. Racket head swings out toward the target and through the ball.

26. Head stays still and sideways throughout follow through. 

27. The racket head should take a "windshield wiper" path to the follow through.

28. Left leg begins to straighten out as weight shifts to it.

29. Elbow should be up, pointing to target.

30. Hand finishes "windshield wiper" motion.

31. Racket should finish near left hand, whether above shoulder, near hip, or somewhere in between.

32. Head stays still as shoulders and hips rotate.

33. Hips should be pointing to target or slightly beyond.

34. Right leg should finish with toes touching ground.

35. Feet complete shift as weight finishes on left leg with body completely balanced and with the ability to "freeze".