There are three types of shots you can hit from the back of the court, and one of them is vastly superior to the others. Which one do you think it is?
- Normal Forehand
- Run-Around Forehand
If you picked No. 2, you are on the money! 💰
Run-around forehands produce more winners, force more errors, and comparatively commit fewer errors than regular forehands.
In my first tennis strategy course, The 25 Golden Rules of Singles Strategy, one of the rules (#17) has lots of analysis specifically on the Run-Around Forehand.
So what exactly is a run-around forehand? Look at the pic below.
If you are right-handed, you will naturally be hitting forehands in baseline positions A and B. But C is where most balls go in tennis, so that’s your best place to hit a forehand of all! Notice the red shaded area behind C in the picture? That is a Hawk-Eye heat map and it tracks player movement. It shows that in this match Novak Djokovic stood in C more than anywhere else. So that’s the best location of all to hit forehands because it gets the most traffic and you get to take advantage of “upgrade, double & freeze.”
Hawk-Eye Heat Map – Player Tracking
The video below is on the 2018 Wimbledon Women’s Quarter-Final between Julie Goerges & Kiki Bertens. In this Wimbledon Channel analysis, I drill down on five different match dynamics.
1: Run-Around Forehands Have 3 Big Advantages.
- Upgrade (from backhands to run-around forehands).
- Double (double the target area – Deuce Ct & Ad Ct).
- Freeze (The run-around forehand has natural disguise).
2: Court Position
- Feel the magnetism of the baseline. Do everything you can to not get pushed back too far.
3: Drop Shots
- How to counter your opponent’s drop shot (with another cheeky drop shot).
4: Return Direction
- Best return location to force an error & have an ideal Return +1 forehand.
5: Wide Running Defensive Forehands
- Where you should target when the ball gets wide and behind you.
Here’s the video!
2018 Wimbledon Channel Women’s Qtr Final Preview: Bertens v Goerges