loose wrist or tense wrist?

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  1. superslam

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    when hitting a forehand should your wrist be loose as well as your grip?

    I play with an eastern fh with a firm grip is that bad mechanics?
     
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  2. GeorgeLucas

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    TW posters tend to get really longwinded about a question like this. I'll summarize just about everyone's post from this point on by saying: Your forehand grip should be loose.


    edit: Regarding your grip. An eastern forehand grip is fine, but perhaps not practical for the modern topspin game. As your game evolves, try bringing your grip around to the western side. You'll find it easier to generate topspin and deal with higher balls.
     
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  3. Djokovicfan4life

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    A great tip that I heard from BB is to treat the racquet as if you were holding a bird. You don't want to hurt it, yet you don't want it to fly away either.
     
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  4. habib

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    If your racket truly loves you, if you let it fly away it should come back. ;-)
     
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  5. Alafter

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    WE havent answered him about his wrist yet. I want to know this as well. Heard all sorts of things.
     
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  6. dmastous

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    For me, both the wrist and grip are fairly loose until the point of contact. Not limp, but flexible. As the racquet reaches the point of contact, both the grip, and wrist firm up, then after contact they relax again. Same as before, not complely loose, just enough to allow freedom of moment.
     
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  7. Alafter

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    Got it. Firm up to the point of climax, explode, and then go limp.
     
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  8. Steady Eddy

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    I saw that tip in a Sam Snead book explaining how you should hold the golf club.
     
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  9. tennisfreak15347

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    that's a great example.
     
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  10. gzhpcu

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    It is also helpful to think of holding the racket with your last three fingers. Helps to keep the grip loose, yet not wristy. On the serve, just the opposite: emphasis on the thumb and top finger to keep your wrist loose.
     
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  11. OnyxZ28

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    LMAO. Cheeky.
     
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  12. foLster

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    Oh my god.
     
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  13. Bud

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    Fairly loose with a relaxed grip but not so loose and relaxed the racquet is going to be knocked from your hand upon ball impact :p
     
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  14. Bud

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    :shock::shock::shock:

    We're talking tennis here... hello :)
     
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  15. mucat

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    Always wear an overgrip.
     
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  16. adams_1

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    And make sure you wrap it correctly, all the way to the end of the grip.

    Some of your friends might say they don't bother wrapping all the way, they only need it halfway, but you need to do it properly.
     
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  17. skierpaul

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    This works well for me, particularly on serves and overheads.
     
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  18. mucat

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    And don't ever flip it around to reuse it.
     
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  19. akybo

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    A good example!
    From my own experience trying to have a relaxed grip transformed into a wristy shot and loose control,but then emphasis(even I didnt do it conciously) of holding with the last 3 fingers I found out this is the key.
    Great advice "gzhpcu"!
     
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  20. Alafter

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    I actually thought this was the funniest comment.
     
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  21. Tomek_tennis

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    Firm but not tense. Not loosy!
     
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  22. LeeD

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    Yeh ! Excellent advice, gzhpcu. :):)
     
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  23. Djokovicfan4life

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    This is the most over discussed topic on these boards......seriously. Do a search and look for BB's posts on the subject. He can only say the same things so many times, you know.
     
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  24. Djokovicfan4life

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    Disagree. The elasticity in the wrist is what generates racquet head speed and spin. However, this should be developed as a player's technique and timing begin to improve. There is too much emphasis placed on racquet head speed at the lower levels of the game and not enough on clean contact and timing. So in a way, we're both correct. But I believe that the goal should eventually be a very loose, relaxed swing, ala Federer, Verdasco, Safin, Djokovic, etc.

    Matt
     
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  25. Tomek_tennis

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    You are talking about forearm not wrist, right? Using loosy wrist or using it in a proactive way is the 1st step to injuring yourself...
     
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  26. Tomek_tennis

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    OK, I think I know why we misunderstood each other. I thought about contact point. Never mind, you last post says how it is...

    Currently I am a coach, but after few years of not playing tournamens I started to train some more. Tried to experiment with proactive use of wrist during the contact and it wasn't a good idea. I think, that as you wrote, it's more important to focus on wrist, forearm, elbow action, during earlier swing phases. At contact wrist should be in pretty stable position, that can take some shock...
     
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