Best Compact Forehand

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    Men: Agassi
    Women: Henin
    Out of the two I like Henin's the best. More compact with good power and precision.
     
  2. King Andre

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    how about blake and berdych
     
  3. galain

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    Jim Courier
     
  4. matchpoint54

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    JCF has a pretty good forehand that's compact.
     
  5. Grigollif1

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    Pete Sampras....Very simple , compact Eastern Forehand.
     
  6. Nalbandian

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    Men: Sampras/Federer

    Women: Lindsay Davenport has the best forehand in women's tennis history.
     
  7. Grigollif1

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    Fan of the Eastern forehand we see..
     
  8. Golden Retriever

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    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.
     
  9. Noelle

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    Is Marat Safin's forehand compact? ;)
     
  10. Rodeo

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

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    Golden Retriever's got it down.
     
  12. Applez

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    D. Hantuchova has the best compact forehand for the women
     
  13. troytennisbum

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    Practicaly impossible to answer this one. Today there are soooooooooo
    many great forehands on the pro tours.
     
  14. Golden Retriever

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

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    Why hasn't anyone mentioned Federer yet?
    I find his forehand very compact, much of his swing comes from his forearm!
     
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  18. wtaplayerz

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    federer

    henin
     
  19. Rabbit

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  21. 156MPHserve

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


    I would really have to give the compact forehand to Agassi... efficient 100%
     
  22. YooT0PIA

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    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.'
     
  23. slice bh compliment

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    Word.

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

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    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.
     
  25. Cigo

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    Hm, sometimes when I see the word 'forehand' I read 'federerhand'. I guess that sais it all.
     
  26. Rickson

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    Totally agree; Federer's forehand is in no way considered compact. Agassi probably has the shortest takeback in the world except for beginners.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  29. ty slothrop

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    it's courier by a landslide, how is there even debate about this?
     
  30. FalconX

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    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.
     
  31. Very Western

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    Totally agree. Jim Courier's ability to get so much power from such a short swing was unmatched.
     
  32. Serena2

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    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.
     
  33. galain

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    I'd throw in a vote for Pam Shriver as having the worst compact forehand as well.
     
  34. theazneyes

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    Henin for best compact forehand? I don't think so. That would go to Davenport.
     
  35. erik-the-red

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    Andre Agassi, no question.
     
  36. dennis1188

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    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).
     
  37. 156MPHserve

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    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. >.^"
     
  38. go_nadal

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    Hehehehe. lol
    I belive Agassi and mayb even Davedenko......
     
  39. dmastous

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    Kimiko Date had the MOST compact forehand (and two hander for that matter) I've ever seen.
     
  40. ruechutar

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    Federer/ Clijsters
     
  41. Deuce

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    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...
     

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