An Introduction to the Modern Forehand: Preparation

Hi everyone! 

Over the next few entries, we plan on breaking down the steps that we believe are the most important to hitting a forehand in the modern game. Below you will be able to read more about the grip and preparation but don't worry! We will cover footwork, contact, and finish in later installments.

1.     The Grip

    o   There are few different grips that are utilized when hitting a forehand.

Eastern Forehand Grip

Eastern Forehand Grip

Western Grip

Western Grip



2.     The preparation

     o   Upper body

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         §  Turn shoulders towards your                           dominant side (Right for righties;                   left for lefties)

         §  Hold the racquet so that it is                           perpendicular to the group. Pretend               like you are hanging the racquet on                 an invisible wall.*

         §  Use the non-dominant hand for                       balance and tracking the ball.

      o   Lower body

        §  Turn hips and stance towards the dominant side to a semi-open stance (see below).
        §  Be sure to bend knees in preparation for contact

If you have any questions on how this applies to your game specifically or for more granular details, please do not hesitate reaching out to any of our coaches. For information about later stages of the forehand, stay tuned for the next post! 

See you out on the court! 


Thank you for 2018

Hi everyone


Hope everyone is having a phenomenal holiday season with friends and family members. We wanted to take a moment and extend a few well-deserved thank-yous. Firstly, to our players for putting in hours of hard work throughout the year and then, to the parents for not only creating a positive environment for their young players but also for supporting Seth Korey Tennis.


This year has been on for the record books. Overall, as this year comes to an end, we wanted to share with you some of our memories of 2017 and of course mention what excites us in the new year.  In 2017, we saw enrollment reach highs in years and the expansion to working with even more schools for our after-school programs. Our players and coaches all bought into the red/ orange/ green ball progression and as a result, we noticed big strides in the improvement of our players. Furthermore, our match-play days have boasted more than 50 players during which players each generally played 3 different opponents. This renewed focus on matches can only improve a young player’s performance and opportunities to reach their individual goals. We continued to develop age-appropriate athletic development in each of our programs so that our students establish healthy habits as they grow up. With the introduction of adult classes, we are able provide an opportunity for some to pick up a racquet for the first time in years or learn a new skill. Looking forward to the new year, we are excited to continue to work with our students by expanding to more schools. Also, staring January 7th, each Sunday from 9 AM-10:30 AM, we are continuing our Adult Classes.

Thank you all again for an amazing year and we look forward to a great 2018!

Welcome To the Strategy Zone!

Hi Everyone, 

We are beyond excited to announce a new monthly blog series that is intended to cover the essential topics that our program uses to influence the development of junior tennis players. As many of you are aware, tennis is a unique sport with many intricate details that make it a fun yet challenging activity! We are privileged to benefit from a staff with such diverse experience. Much of what we will share will be a culmination of our own experiences and the well established systems set in motion by the USTA guidelines and philosophies from esteemed coaches such as Nick Bollettieri and PA Nilhagen. 

To begin, one of the most common questions that parents ask is, "Why are the balls different colors?" The answer is quite simple. A tennis court, racquet, and ball are all designed with adults in mind. Just as it wouldn't make sense for a child to play basketball on a ten-foot rim, tennis professionals around the world have realized that something had to change. Thus, courts sizes were adjusted, racquets were modified, and last but not least, the balls were designed to not bounce as high.  

Here is a brief video from the USTA (Note: USTA 10u Tournaments have followed this guidelines since 2012.)

Over the next few posts we plan to cover the following topics: 

  • Tennis (The basics)
  • Stroke Fundamentals
  • Stroke Development 
  • Footwork
  • Proper Equipment 
  • The Healthy Balance (Fun Vs. Too Serious)
  • High Performance Instruction

Overall, we hope these entries will encourage an open dialogue between coaches, parents, and players. Do not hesitate to approach us with any questions or if you'd like us to highlight a specific topic in future articles. 

Thanks for your time and see you on the court!

Sam and Steven