Where are most forehand groundstroke errors made?
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It’s all about forehand groundstroke errors. The first thing to understand is the four areas at the back of the court – Positions A, B, C, and D.
Baseline Locations A, B, C, D
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Understand the four different areas at the back of the court.
Let’s look at a breakdown of a current Top 10 ATP player and where he is standing when he commits forehand errors. The data set is from 30 matches in the past two seasons. It’s also important to note the player is right-handed.
So, where do you think this Top 10 player stands when he commits the most forehand errors? A, B, C, or D?
Let’s take a look!
ATP Top 10 Player – Where He Was Standing When Committing Forehand Errors
Position A is where his forehand breaks down the most. This is where the bleeding occurs from the back of the court. Right at 52% (280/538) of all forehand errors were committed from Position A. That’s a big deal, and these match metrics can help dictate what drills you should be focused on in practice.
A great rule of thumb is that DEFENSE GOES CROSS COURT!
Going cross court gives you the highest percentage chance of making the tough, defensive ball and staying in the point. On one side of the coin, you want to take this information and attack your opponent’s forehand in Position A as much as possible. On the other hand, you must also be practicing tough, on-the-run forehands in Position A.
Below is a video of me working with a player doing precisely that – feeding difficult balls to Position A and having the player go cross-court to Position A with spin.
VIDEO: Forehand Defense From Position A to Position A.
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