Is your core prepared for the modern forehand?

Stabilise Your Core

As Wimbledon concludes this week, tennis enthusiasts are likely spending more time on the courts, honing their skills and perfecting their swings. We thought it would be the perfect time to delve into the intricacies of the forehand stroke and explore the variations between the traditional and modern techniques that may cause issue for players of any skill level.

So, what is the difference?

In the traditional forehand, the play steps forward with their opposite foot to the racket, crossing their body. This technique results in a square-on hit and a flatter shot. On the other hand, the modern forehand technique involves stepping forward with the foot on the same side as the racket, which allows the player to generate more spin on the ball.


Thanks to many professional players today, many people are adopting the new technique and it has become increasingly popular among tennis players of all levels. However, switching to the modern swing is not always easy. The modern swing relies heavily on the abdominal muscles and involves greater rotational forces, which can put more stress on the lower back and core. Additionally, the modern technique may not allow as much power through the hips compared to the traditional swing.

By incorporating these core exercises into your training routine, you can target the right areas and strengthen your core effectively. This will not only enhance your ability to perform the modern forehand but also improve your overall tennis skills and reduce the risk of lower back and core-related injuries.

Take a look at the latest video, where we break down the different technques and how your core could be the key to be a better modern player.

To help, we have linked some great core exercises below to help you strengthen your core and improve that swing.

10 Top Strengthening Exercises for Training in the Park

Working your core at home with pilates

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