Locked or unlocked wrist on the Forehand

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  1. Newbie 007

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    Should the wrist be locked or unlocked on the forehand?

    If I keep the wrist unlocked and **** it back in my backswing and then let is naturally snap forward during my foreward swing I get much more power but also feel more stress in the wrist.

    If I keep the wrist locked for the whole stroke I am more consistent, feel less stress in the wrist but power is waaay less.

    I really want to develop the unlocked wrist version but I'm worried the extra stress on my wrist will lead to a long term injury.

    Bill and others, what do you say?
     
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  2. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    Never "snap" your wrist. You might have a break in your wrist during your backswing, but the wrist snap is not a good idea
     
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  3. Newbie 007

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    my mistake. Snap was not a good choice of words. What I mean is let the hand naturally move foreward from the cocked position until the palm faces the inner side of the forearm(less suntanned side).
     
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  4. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    I guess a slight break in the wrist is fine, I use it for my inside out, but a huge break can be harmful. Yes, I suppose a gradual wrist movement from break to normal is ok, maybe Bill can be more helpful.
     
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  5. Tomek

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    I play and teach playing with wrist "pushed out", firm. This way you can observe most easily when watching current spanish style of tennis.
    Power shoud not come from wrist movement anyhow! There are other, better, safer and giving more consistency factors for your game- good rotation, swing, legs movement from low to high.

    When this firm grip will become your second nature, you will get proper timing... and your power back. :)
     
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  6. Exci

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    Don't get this guy wrong: I think he's trying to say that the natural wrist movement (as Agassi supposedly does, run a search on the forums) gives him that power, not an aggrevated wrist movement!

    I'm not sure wether it's harmful or not. It sure doesn't look like it is though, but if your wrist already starts to hurt more with that particular stroke, you'd better lock it all the way. Unless you're planning to stop using your wrist for any occasion in the next 5 years.. :)
     
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  7. Kobble

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    I keep the wrist and arm pretty loose, and it does increase power. It feels like the wrist is just starting to unwind almost simultaneously as contact is made. That is what I feel when I hit my biggest and best forehands. However, I have never felt any kind of discomfort or pain using this method. On return of serve I tend to hold the fixed wrist position more, because I block the ball more on the return. I do think accuracy is more easily achieved with a prolonged fixed wrist position as well, so I tend to resort to this when is of the highest importance. I feel like the wrist is being extended towards the target more with that technique.
     
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