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pondus
10-15-2009, 05:31 PM
Hi,

I notice that some pros when hitting have a very extend arm and their elbow is far away from their body when they hit their forehand. For example, Fernando Verdasco. Others, like Tsong, tuck their elbow into their side when they hit.

Can this be considered a fundamental difference, or is it merely a nuance. What are the pros and con of each.

Tsonga hitting in HD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReIYkqazc_c

Verdasco : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXseRuXW64o

(To me, Verdasco's mechanics look a lot more elegant)

OverTheHill
10-15-2009, 06:02 PM
Yes, fundamental difference. See many discussions here about the debate between straight-arm and the double-bend.

http://www.tennisplayer.net/bulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=1

P.S. I recently switched from double-bend to straight-arm and love the improvement in my forehand groundstrokes.

ahile02
10-15-2009, 06:21 PM
Yes, fundamental difference. See many discussions here about the debate between straight-arm and the double-bend.

http://www.tennisplayer.net/bulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=1

P.S. I recently switched from double-bend to straight-arm and love the improvement in my forehand groundstrokes.

How long would you say it took you to adjust to the straight-arm?