A common theme these days is that the modern FH is all about finding, lifting and pushing the ball rather than swinging at and hitting it; more about getting body mass into the ball than racket speed. And sure, the super slow motion footage arguably bears this out. But is this finding/lifting/pushing idea really any use out on the court? I mean, when a ball is hurtling towards you at upwards of 100 mph do you really have time to calmly find, lift and push it back, and moreover, would doing so really result in the heavy ball you want? An analogy commonly used to back up the push concept is that of the water barrel, coined by Oscar Wegner: "Imagine yourself in front of a large barrel of water. If you hit it with your hand, it will barely move. If you push it, you may tip it over." But the reality is we're not trying to push over a barrel of water, we're trying to hit a small hollow rubber ball! Replace the barrel of water with a tennis ball somehow suspended in mid air and put a racket in your hand. You want to hit it as hard as possible. Would you square up to it and push it with your body weight? Of course not, you'd wind up and club it! Watch any pro (at normal speed) on TV, or even a promising junior at your club, they don't lift and push the ball, they wind up, wait for that crucial millisecond, pull the trigger and smack the fuzz off it! You get my point. While I don't doubt the physics behind the modern FH are more about pushing and less about swinging, I'm starting to think this isn't necessarily a helpful concept to take on court. What do we think? I realise for those of you with big forehands this stuff is probably instinctive and you don't consciously think push, swing or anything else for that matter. But I wonder, for the sake of us who so badly want to "get" this, if you could try and pinpoint what's going through your mind/body when you pull the trigger on a ball, what it feels like. Are you thinking "OK, find it well, get it on the strings, lift and push", or "here it comes, wind up, wait and... BOOM!" or something else entirely?