Positioning yourself correctly in any game is quite an important thing. In order to play a forehand stroke in tennis, you are required to stay close to the center line inside the court. Make sure that your feet are stretched apart at the width of your shoulders. Moreover, your knees should be bent in a way that you feel some pressure on your legs, especially on the thighs.
Hold your racket correctly
Hold the racket firmly and keep it at your waist level in front of you. This way, you will be able to generate more force in the forehand stroke and possibly end up hitting a winner.
React to your opponent’s stroke
When the ball is hit towards you and it comes in at an angle, where you feel that a forehand is a must, position your shoulders accordingly. Move right or left, depending on whether you are a lefty or a right-handed player. Then rotate one of your feet forward at a 45 degree angle and position the racket lower.
Pause for a moment
After positioning yourself nicely, take a slight pause and wait for the ball to come towards you.
Swing the racket
Once the ball reaches you, generate force with your shoulders and swing hard. You have to time this to perfection otherwise you might either end up playing the stroke early or a bit too late.
Just like in cricket and golf, you have to follow through nicely after playing the forehand stroke.
Get back into original position
Quickly change your position back to normal, so that you can react to your opponent’s stroke accordingly.