Inside-Out / Inside-In Forehand

Inside-OUT Forehand

  • 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.

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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  1. Lean towards the backhand side to run around.
  2. Side shuffle to the backhand side.
  3. Shoulder turn is initiated.
  4. Racquet is up and left shoulder is fully turned while moving backwards.
  5. Take a full step back.
  6. Let go of the racquet.
  7. Pelvic “Lock” position; Racquet is dropping; Weight is on the right foot.
  8. Weight starts to shift onto the left foot; Shoulder is uncoiling (“Roll”); Racquet is dropping below the ball.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. Finish the follow-through across the body; Land on the left foot.
  12. 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.


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