- Use the Inside-Out forehand when running around the backhand side of the tennis court.
- Hit cross court to the opponents backhand side, assuming both players are using the same dominant hand (right handed player against another right handed player).
- A safer shot than the Inside-In Forehand because the ball is traveling over the center of the net, where it is lower.
- Executed more often than the Inside-In Forehand.
- Similar to the Inside-Out Forehand except instead of hitting cross court, it is hit straight down the line.
- Riskier since the net is higher near the net post, allowing for less room for error.
Inside-In / Inside-Out Forehand Guide
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- Lean towards the backhand side to run around.
- Side shuffle to the backhand side.
- Shoulder turn is initiated.
- Racquet is up and left shoulder is fully turned while moving backwards.
- Take a full step back.
- Let go of the racquet.
- Pelvic “Lock” position; Racquet is dropping; Weight is on the right foot.
- Weight starts to shift onto the left foot; Shoulder is uncoiling (“Roll”); Racquet is dropping below the ball.
- Weight is fully transferred onto the left foot and pushing off; Body square to the net; Delay of the racquet after the body rotation (monkey drum); Left arm is bent and out of the way.
- Totally off the ground; Head is steady; Right leg is bent and behind the left leg to counter the right arm swing (The right leg kicking back is crucial to keeping the body balanced in mid-air).
- Finish the follow-through across the body; Land on the left foot.
- Start to bring right foot back to position.
Professional Inside Outs & Ins
The professional players who have tremendous forehands, such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, and Justine Henin, all utilize the Inside-Out/In Forehand to dictate ground stroke rallies. Most top professional forehands are usually more powerful and creative than their backhands.
- Running around the backhand side leaves an open space on the court, but they’re willing to take the risk because the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
- When a player runs around the backhand side to hit an Inside-Out/In Forehand, it puts pressure on the opponent (if the shot is struck well).
- The Inside-Out/In Forehand allows the forehand player to control the rallies and put the opponent in a defensive position.