Forehand question

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  1. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    Do you hit your forehand with a straight or bent arm?

    I've read that it's harder with a straight arm, can someone say why?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    It's "harder" with a straight arm because your length of lever is longer.
    It's "harder" with a straight arm because you cannot make minute adjustments to change your distance from the ball so you can mishit more often.
     
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  3. Topspin Shot

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    I hit my forearm with a bent arm because I feel more comfortable with the ball closer to my body than farther away. Plus, as Lee said, you can't make an adjustment at the last second with your arm if your arm is already straight.
     
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  4. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    I've tried hitting with a bent arm and it just doesn't feel right.
     
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  5. Topspin Shot

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    Hey, to each his own. :)
     
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  6. henryshli

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    I'd say it is harder to be consistent with a bent arm. The ease of adjustment can be bad for consistency
     
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  7. Id say you are wrong as would millions of tennis players and coaches in the world.
     
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  8. sunof tennis

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    Whatever works for you-the two best forehands in the game-Nadal and Federer hit pretty straight armed.
     
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  9. Chas Tennis

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    Tennisspeed Forehand Analysis

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    A Roadmap to a Hall-of-Fame Forehand - Part 9: An Anatomical Comparison of the Federer and Djokovic Forehands
     
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  10. suryanaga

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    I've hit with both, currently using straight arm. I find that straight arm is more reliant on using the full kinetic chain.
     
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  11. 5263

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    The one that feels more natural will likely work best for you and even straight arm players hit bent when needed, as bent arm players can fully extend. Imo there is not that clear separation, but more of a tendency. I Used to deny these categories, but gave in that players do seem to favor one over the other; so I suppose it's a reasonable way of being more descriptive.
     
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  12. Me Against The World

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    In theory you should be using both, if a flat serve is coming your way and you have your arm fully extended 9/10 you're going to miss it, but if you have your arm bent your using your bodies weight so you can hit more steadier, this also applies to groundstrokes
     
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  13. Cheetah

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    When someone asks about a stroke technique it's assumed, unless specifically noted, that the topic is general rally groundstrokes.

    Straight arm uses body weight.
     
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  14. ace_pace

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    The straight arm is not forced, rather it is a result of successfully using your body + legs to drag the arm + racket to the ball. If you are holding your arm straight, you're probably weakening yourself.
     
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  15. Cheetah

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    So you're saying players with a bent arm, such as djokovic, are not successfully using the body + legs to drag the arm + racket to the ball?
     
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