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The single best blog on what makes Federer, Nadal and Djokovic forehands superior to other forehands!

http://blog.tennisspeed.com/

Say no more. Because there is nothing more to be said after reading this article, which confirms my own experimentations with closed faced swings. 

If you read with a careful eye and truly absorb what is being said in the highly detailed 7 part blog on "A Roadmap to a Hall-of-Fame Forehand", you will understand why these types of forehands dominate the current men's world tour. You will also be able to hit your own version of this forehand if you keep experimenting.

Tennis will continue to change in this direction, at least, the ones that want to win consistently. 


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Comment by Tim Prapong on November 29, 2012 at 3:24pm

Yeah, I was mixing the Sharapova open faced roll with the conservative Western grip/ Nadal swingpath. Until I flattened it out, I didn't get the consistency I was looking for. But now, I am getting enough spin to jump 3/4 of the way up the back fence.

Broken wrists would explain not being able to perform ulnar deviation in the Fed forehand. Without ulnar deviation, it will be very difficult to get the lift on the ball. Not unlike the famous McEnroe low forehand volley with racquet drop with forward movement. Without forward movement, the ball will sink into the net as well.

Djokovic definitely goes up a steeper swingpath. His racquet face is not as acutely closed as Fed or Nadal. But Djoko 2.0 (nearly undefeated 2011) did not come out until he closed his racquet face, a change I noticed having made. I think that is the chief difference in his forehand from when he first started.

Comment by Hal Wagner on November 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Thanks Tim, have not seen that site before. Saw some stuff already that confirms my teaching methods and learning some new stuff. I really like the illustrations of new and old swing path and the shallower path, although I think the Joker employees a steeper path quite often. I personally have hard time getting into Feds position and tend to roll the forearm more like Sharapova, I think two broken wrists has something to do with that. I just worked on some of this with my one of my top students, he has one of the biggest forehands in his age group but still does not have what I consider "proper" mechanics. Good stuff thanks.

Comment by Tim Prapong on November 29, 2012 at 1:01pm

Click on every link and read. Even if you think you know everything about technique...

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