Tennis season is ongoing right now and I am having a terrible spring season. I have basically forgotten or lost the ability to hit a forehand. I am not sure what it is but my shots this spring literally are hitting the back fence. I consider myself to be a pretty decent tennis player. My back hand, volleys and service are doing pretty well, but I just cannot hit a forehand at all.
The whole mechanic of the swing feels "off" and I am afraid I am actually developing bad muscle memory at this point. A good forehand has this satisfying connection with the ball that you just know feels good when you hit it. The ball has topspin and momentum. Whenever I hit the ball right now though my whole body positioning and contact with the ball feels awful and either end up hitting the ball into the ground or into the back fence. It is quite frankly embarrassing.
Megan was kind enough to go out to the court and hit with me this past Friday and I thought that I had found my stroke again. I had two matches to play this Saturday due to the weather this past spring. My first matching in the morning was a solid win. Not my best game ever, but I had my confidence back. When I got to my second match in the afternoon though, things fell apart. I quickly devolved from being able to it a solid shot to not being able to hit a forehand at all and I quickly lost the second set 1-6.
So I think I need to do a radical change on my tennis store before I settle too far into this pit that I am defending into. I feel like my mechanics are already "damaged" with my one handed forehand so I am going to start practicing a two handed forehand. My backhand, even before this ordeal has always been my better groundstroke. The two handed action forces my body into a more proper position. I can't swing as easily with an open body, etc.
I feel that a two handed forehand will help me shorten my swing, but also force me to swing through my stroke rather than swing "up" on my stroke, which I think is what I am doing right now. It will be an experiment over the next week or two, but I hope it can help me get my game back on track.
reading the details online it seems that the 2HFH has the opinion of many has having consistency, something which is my most needed item at this moment.