? about Federer's forehand

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  1. C_Urala

    C_Urala Semi-Pro

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    Some time ago, some of experts on this board said that Federer has a flaw in his forehand- his elbow is not that close to his body as compared to other pros. And that this leads to inconsistency and prevents him from winning.
    Do you still think it's a flaw? Or just personal prefence? or maybe even some know-how?
     
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  2. Hawaii 5.0

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    It's personal preference because unless these guys who say it's a flaw can beat him I think their just jealous.Winners win and losers blame technique.I think he's plenty consistent and plenty successful.It's not so much a flaw, but the some of his shots do not conform to their concrete set in ways notions of technique and winning.People win with every technique possible.Frankly I think their wrong first off since the elbow in is much more applicable to full western grippers who throw the racquet at the ball as well as drive the butt cap,but Fed doesn't always do this as he improvises which they mistake as inconsistency in his stroke.He is just so balanced and doesn't hit with the popular full western grip so they don't like it.Plus he is not other pro's and that's why he's #1 and the hardest player to beat.
     
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  3. dozu

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    yeah.... "some expert on this board", who won't even make the top 10,000 if the ATP tour ranking goes that far... commenting on the #1 player in the world. a true case of laughing may ass off.
     
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  4. C_Urala

    C_Urala Semi-Pro

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    "yeah.... "some expert on this board", who won't even make the top 10,000 if the ATP tour ranking goes that far... commenting on the #1 player in the world. a true case of laughing may ass off."

    Well, I woudn't want this thread to turn into some bashing, like "look at him! He calls himself an expert but he knows nothing..."

    Nothing like that!

    First, I do not think that if you are not in top 100000, you can not judge #1.
    Plus, this comment about Federer's forehand was made when he wasn't #1 yet. And even he IS #1 now, it still can be a flaw. Being a genius, he can just compensate this flaw by his other skills. So, the question still remains. But the idea about western grippers is interesting...
    Thanks guys!
    And I would really like to know an opinion of the experts. I just hope that they will find time and a wish to share their knowledge.
     
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  5. Verbal_Kint

    Verbal_Kint Rookie

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    Not tucking the elbow in will give your arm more freedom, and thus more possibility of getting of course, so less control. It will also get your hitting point further from your body, thus increasing leverage, thus increasing power at the point of contact.

    If you can handle the loss of control, the extra power is yours for the taking. I think Federer can handle the loss of control.

    Marnix
     
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  6. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    I dont think Federer has any flaw in his forehand. I have already commented on Federers elbow being comfortably further out then lets say Agassi. But that is not flaw. It is his preference.
     
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  7. Cypo

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    Remember when our coaches told us "NEVER stand square to the net " ?
     
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  8. VTL

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    I think you can put more of your body weight into a shot when u're hitting it further out... sorta like a punch. I know others have disputed this but whatever
     
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  9. James Brown

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    i used to hit my forehand like him..of course then i got a crapload of pain...so now the elbow goes out. I think its easier to hit the way he does but caused me more pain..:>
     
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  10. C_Urala

    C_Urala Semi-Pro

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    Thanks for EVERYTHING.
     
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  11. kreative

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    well, it may not look textbook, but it's his preference. at the pro level, i think every player has their own way of hitting. point is, it works for them.

    there was a thread on the old boards about how roddick hits his forehand as well.
     
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