PDA

View Full Version : Best Compact Forehand


Golden Retriever
01-31-2006, 09:58 AM
Men: Agassi
Women: Henin
Out of the two I like Henin's the best. More compact with good power and precision.

King Andre
01-31-2006, 12:32 PM
how about blake and berdych

galain
01-31-2006, 12:58 PM
Jim Courier

matchpoint54
01-31-2006, 04:09 PM
JCF has a pretty good forehand that's compact.

Grigollif1
01-31-2006, 04:49 PM
Pete Sampras....Very simple , compact Eastern Forehand.

Nalbandian
01-31-2006, 05:05 PM
Men: Sampras/Federer

Women: Lindsay Davenport has the best forehand in women's tennis history.

Grigollif1
01-31-2006, 05:12 PM
Men: Sampras/Federer

Women: Lindsay Davenport has the best forehand in women's tennis history.


Fan of the Eastern forehand we see..

Golden Retriever
01-31-2006, 06:42 PM
JCF has a pretty good forehand that's compact.

I haven't seen JCF played for a long time so I am not sure but if my memory serves me right his forehand is hardly compact at all.

Noelle
01-31-2006, 07:14 PM
Is Marat Safin's forehand compact? ;)

Rodeo
01-31-2006, 07:28 PM
Men: Sampras/Federer

Women: Lindsay Davenport has the best forehand in women's tennis history.

excellent choices but imo, serena has the most powerful forehand among the ladies in history ( at her best of course):D

supersmash
01-31-2006, 09:53 PM
Golden Retriever's got it down.

Applez
01-31-2006, 10:33 PM
D. Hantuchova has the best compact forehand for the women

troytennisbum
02-01-2006, 02:10 AM
Practicaly impossible to answer this one. Today there are soooooooooo
many great forehands on the pro tours.

Golden Retriever
02-01-2006, 02:39 AM
Practicaly impossible to answer this one. Today there are soooooooooo
many great forehands on the pro tours.

I was talking about compact forehand only. For example, Sharapova's wouldn't count and Nadal's wouldn't count.

djones
02-01-2006, 03:34 AM
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Federer yet?
I find his forehand very compact, much of his swing comes from his forearm!

williams planet
02-01-2006, 08:46 AM
Sampras/Davenport

equinox
02-01-2006, 09:01 AM
mahesh bhupati

wtaplayerz
02-01-2006, 09:26 AM
federer

henin

Rabbit
02-01-2006, 09:48 AM
Sorry, guys, but when I think compact, I think McEnroe. His swing was as compact as they get and IMO, his groundstrokes are very under rated. Some of the players listed here have big swings again IMO.

Brettolius
02-01-2006, 11:01 AM
Sorry, guys, but when I think compact, I think McEnroe. His swing was as compact as they get and IMO, his groundstrokes are very under rated. Some of the players listed here have big swings again IMO.

Compact as is in compact car. Try to fit a Lincoln on one of those compact car parking spaces in a parking garage.
We're talking about minimal takeback, claycourters don't qualify. Sampras for instance did not have a compact forehand, neither does Fed or Ferrero, not too many players these days do. I think Agassi's is about as compact as you're gonna get with any real power.

Best compact women's forehand...eh, who cares.

156MPHserve
02-01-2006, 01:33 PM
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Federer yet?
I find his forehand very compact, much of his swing comes from his forearm!

No he takes a pretty big cut at the ball...


I would really have to give the compact forehand to Agassi... efficient 100%

YooT0PIA
02-01-2006, 09:49 PM
agassi's forehand is the definition of compact, as is his backhand. federer, ferrero, and henin all require a good level of supination and pronation in their forehand and as a result don't really qualify as a compact stroke. sampras and mcenroe took pretty big backswings. courier's forehand was pretty compact but agassi wins the 'best compact forehand.'

slice bh compliment
02-02-2006, 04:06 AM
....
We're talking about minimal takeback, claycourters don't qualify. Sampras for instance did not have a compact forehand, neither does Fed or Ferrero, not too many players these days do. I think Agassi's is about as compact as you're gonna get with any real power.

Best compact women's forehand...eh, who cares.....

Word.

Rios. Compact on both sides, and in every way.

Rickson
02-02-2006, 05:50 AM
Men: Agassi
Women: Henin
Out of the two I like Henin's the best. More compact with good power and precision.
Agassi has a very compact backswing but Henin-Herdenne does not. If anything, Justine has a fairly large backswing and a complete followthrough. I wouldn't call Justine's forehand compact at all.

Cigo
02-02-2006, 07:22 AM
Hm, sometimes when I see the word 'forehand' I read 'federerhand'. I guess that sais it all.

Rickson
02-02-2006, 08:36 AM
Why hasn't anyone mentioned Federer yet?
I find his forehand very compact, much of his swing comes from his forearm!

No he takes a pretty big cut at the ball...
I would really have to give the compact forehand to Agassi... efficient 100%
Totally agree; Federer's forehand is in no way considered compact. Agassi probably has the shortest takeback in the world except for beginners.

Grimjack
02-02-2006, 08:39 AM
What in the world is Sampras doing on so many ballots?

That guy had a wonky, elbow-leading, convoluted takeback that was the antithesis of compact. Great FH, no doubt. But pretty far from compact.

Grimjack
02-02-2006, 08:42 AM
As I think about it, this is probably the same instinct that lands Pete on the nominations so much every time somebody asks who had the most classic, beautiful serve.

Pete was anything but simple, compact, or classic. His strokes were like a yoga class (except the BH). But history has a way of smoothing memories, I guess.

ty slothrop
02-02-2006, 09:01 AM
it's courier by a landslide, how is there even debate about this?

FalconX
02-02-2006, 09:05 AM
Those players with compact swings really have to muscle the ball. I think that torque usually wins versus raw muscular power. federer proves just enough torque can generate more power than any muscle.

Very Western
02-02-2006, 09:24 AM
it's courier by a landslide, how is there even debate about this?
Totally agree. Jim Courier's ability to get so much power from such a short swing was unmatched.

Serena2
02-02-2006, 01:22 PM
Kuznetsova's forehand is awesome when its on. She doesnt take a massive swing a'la clijsters but Im not sure if you could call it compact.

galain
02-02-2006, 02:34 PM
I'd throw in a vote for Pam Shriver as having the worst compact forehand as well.

theazneyes
02-02-2006, 03:10 PM
Henin for best compact forehand? I don't think so. That would go to Davenport.

erik-the-red
02-02-2006, 03:26 PM
Andre Agassi, no question.

dennis1188
02-02-2006, 04:21 PM
Got to agree w/ Agassi. He has to use a very compact stroke, when he strikes the ball mostly, frm inside the baseline and hits the ball on the rise.
I'll get to see him on his return match to ATP tour, monday nite feb,13 at the SAP Open (will post the draw later).

156MPHserve
02-03-2006, 06:22 PM
Come to think about it... Davydenko had some pretty compact strokes... blew Agassi away and gave Federer a little wake up from his usual cruise control during matches.

Agassi fans... yeah I know he wasn't well and just stuck around 'cause he has sportsmanship unlike someone we all started disliking. >.^"

go_nadal
02-03-2006, 06:58 PM
Come to think about it... Davydenko had some pretty compact strokes... blew Agassi away and gave Federer a little wake up from his usual cruise control during matches.

Agassi fans... yeah I know he wasn't well and just stuck around 'cause he has sportsmanship unlike someone we all started disliking. >.^"
Hehehehe. lol
I belive Agassi and mayb even Davedenko......

dmastous
02-03-2006, 07:05 PM
Kimiko Date had the MOST compact forehand (and two hander for that matter) I've ever seen.

ruechutar
02-04-2006, 02:03 AM
Federer/ Clijsters

Deuce
02-04-2006, 02:23 AM
Sorry, guys, but when I think compact, I think McEnroe. His swing was as compact as they get and IMO, his groundstrokes are very under rated. Some of the players listed here have big swings again IMO.
I saw this thread hanging around for a couple of days... never opened it... was silently wondering if anyone made mention of the most famous - and perhaps most compact - compact forehand of all...

So I finally opened the thread... and I'm scrolling down... down... down... eventually, at the 19th post, I see that an old... I mean... a reliable and knowledgeable poster has finally typed the McEnroe name...

I should have never doubted.

Good thing that the old - uh... experienced - posters keep the youngins honest every once in a while.

Learn, grasshoppers, learn...