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Forehand Strike (a new sport)

The new sport of Forehand Strike was created by Terrell Green from Winchester, Virginia in 2021. Forehand Strike is a sport that combines the game of Roundnet, the underhand serve in Tennis, and Foursquare!

When was the last time you watched a tennis match, or played one yourself? It can be plenty of fun, but here is the thing: at a certain fitness level, only a small number of highly elite athletes can keep up with the action. All of the rest of us, who are merely looking to have fun and get some exercise, get left behind. That is the sport of tennis in a nutshell, leaving behind the masses for a fast-paced game that looks exciting right up to the point that you try to return a 100-mile-per-hour serve!

In this way, Forehand Strike is different.

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Picture this. You step out onto the court, the same court that some tennis players were using only minutes prior, and you pick up the ball. It's softer than a tennis ball and much less intimidating. As your opponent raises a hand to serve, you realize something: they are going underhand. The ball makes its way onto your side of the court, and while you still have to pay attention in order to return it, it looks a lot less like a whizzing jet as it approaches you.

Here is a little-known fact about tennis: until 1878, you had to serve underhand. The game changed that year - for the worse, many would argue -  by getting rid of that rule and putting an emphasis on speed and power over mental acuity and focus.

Forehand Strike embraces the old way of doing things, reclaiming the underhand-only serving rule so that players can sharpen their eyes and their minds, without developing a serve that only the local trainers would ever be able to handle.

Let's take a closer look at the gameplay and what Forehand Strike involves.

To start playing Forehand Strike, you simply need an official sized Forehand Strike net, an official Forehand Strike foam ball with the correct size and density, an official pair of customized Forehand Strike gloves that creates friction with the ball to control the direction and spin, a nice piece of chalk or vinyl tape to create a formal or informal court (that is to say, a driveway, basketball court,  or a hardwood-floor gym will do in a pinch!), and a copy of the official rules for anyone who hasn't played before. It is still a phenomenal cardio workout, the same way that tennis is, but because of the underhand serves and the softer, more manageable ball, you are not going to see any of those violent, impossible-to-catch openers.

To win, you earn enough points to close a set (17 points) and then enough sets to close a match. You can play one-on-one (singles) or two-on-two (doubles), on an area officially 40 feet by 20 feet. Serving you hit the ball diagonally, beginning with the left service area square, using either hand but never making any backhanded shots or volleys. Note that you must also let the ball bounce once before you return it.

This is a patent-pending game that anyone can get into, meaning that it is perfect for cookouts and parties, as well as for your daily exercise routine. You will break a sweat, without breaking your ankles, and you will improve your hand-eye coordination too. The rules are straightforward, each match entailing much more rallying action than you are used to in tennis, combining pre-1878 tennis fundamentals that foster ambidexterity and unpredictability!

Official Rules of Forehand Strike Rules

Equipment Required:

Serving Rules

Scoring and Game Play

  1. A game match can be best of any odd number of sets: 3, 5 or 7. A game match can be best of any odd number of sets. For advanced play, matches are played best of 5 sets (first to win 3 games) or best of 7 sets (first to win 4 games). For kids and beginners, it's ideal that matches be played best of 3 sets (first to win 2 games). 
  2. Each set is played to 17 points.. If a game ties at 16-16, a player must win by 2 points. In this situation, players alternate serving one serve each. 
  3. The game can be played as Singles or Doubles.
  4. Come up with an honor system to resolve disputes. Since Forehand Strike is a new sport with no referees yet, players should find a way to resolve a dispute, or play the point over.

Official Forehand Strike Doubles Rules

The Exception rules for Doubles Play:


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