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Presented by Nick Crowell, Co-Director
Nike Tennis Camp at University of Oklahoma

Catch your finish on your forehand – Presented by University of Oklahoma’s Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Nick Crowell.

Tip Forehand

There are so many different strokes in tennis, each with their own specific technique to execute the perfect hit. Nick Crowell, Head Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Oklahoma, explains why catching your finish on your forehand is so important:

“Often times when players are learning to play tennis, they are so consumed with how to hit the ball. They are worried about the take back, their footwork, watching the ball and so on. One of the things that I see on a daily basis is when players are catching their finish, they are hitting through the ball more, and getting the ball over the net with much more depth. By catching your finish, this enables you to hit through the ball and stay on the ball longer. It is very common for beginning to players to want to stop their swing right after contact. This often produces a weak shot that doesn’t make it to the net or the pop the racquet face open and the ball goes straight up.”

“This may seem simple and cliché, but it’s totally true! This stroke will bring more power through your shoulder and body rotation. Remember to catch your finish on each swing on the forehand side if you want to make more balls and gain more depth.”


Nick Crowell will direct two weeks of day and overnight camp at the Nike Tennis Camp at the University of Oklahoma.

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