Tennis Hitting Stances
The 4 hitting stances are as follows:
From the neutral stance the player begins the backswing by turning the hips and shoulders, stepping out, and shifting the weight to the outside foot. The player steps foward with the inside foot and shifts the weight onto it before starting the foward swing. The weight stays on the front foot until after contact with the ball. Bringing the back foot up and around naturally to maintain a strong foundation will enable the player to remain balanced and ready for the next shot.
This is the preferred stance to hit both single-handed and double-handed backhands because it allows the player to move body weight in the direction of the target. The neutral stance provides the best foundation to execute, follow through and recover efficiently unless they approaching a difficult ball on the run.
The open stance is ideal for situations when the opponent forces the player out of position at the baseline or when the player must react at the net. All high forehands should be hit with this stance because it allows the player to lead up on the outside hip and explode into the shot.
Contact should be made with the ball before the players weight shifts from the outside leg to the inside leg. The hip should not load before or during contact with the ball.
The semiopen stance, is ideal for situations when the player has little time to prepare for their shot. Both the open and semiopen stances are products of todays power game.