new rafa forehand?

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  1. bolo

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    I wouldn't fret over that. Maybe he was just practicing flatties.
     
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    good lord, the sound his racket was making at contact was thunderous
     
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    ^^^i know, maybe that extra time off did him some good
     
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    Well, if you read the Time article, they did say that Uncle Tony was trying to make his forehand swing more "traditional" instead of him whipping the racquet around his head.

    All the same though, it did look like he was probably just hitting a flatter forehand and it was just hitting around versus him hitting a full out forehand.
     
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    lol. Someone should send this video to murray so murray can analyze it and be very very afraid. :)
     
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    You are probably right. I am eager to see the tinkering take effect in a match. He will need it versus murray on the hard courts.
     
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    Um, fact is, Nadal hits like that all the time in practice. To think that he hits reverse forehands in practice is ignorant to say the least.
     
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    Like as in "that's just ignorant", lol.
     
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    WTH? Nike is making Nadal seem more traditional and now Toni? Why?! Nadal's style is extremrly unique, with his sleeveless and long shorts and his cowboy forehand. I'm sad.
     
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    I know. Hopefully it doesn't backfire on them.
     
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    If I understood it correctly in one of the recent interviews toni said they decided to go with the extremem topspin, reverse forehands because nadal was pressed for time, probably when he was transitioning to the pros. This fits with toni's other comment about nadal having been more aggressive when he was younger.

    It seems like nadal is slowly transitioning back to his "normal" more aggressive state. It will be interesting to see what happens.
     
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    I also like the the reverse forehands and the ridiculous dipping shots that find the baseline. But he is going to be even more explosive and have less trouble with nalbandian/davydenko type players on hard courts if he can flatten out his forehand.
     
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    ty for the article. can't believe he didn't have his body behind his shot. i can only imagine the power he'll have behind his shots if the more traditional style works for him.

    thanks for the vids. guess we'll just have to wait a day or more to see for ourselves. can't wait!
     
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    Nadal has a much much flatter forehand his younger days. Somebody posted a vid of him playing Hewitt in 02 i believe and his forehand was AMAZING. He really rocketed the ball and it was on hardcourt.
     
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    it begs the question: if it was so amazing why didn't he keep it?
     
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    That's a good question.

    Even if you believe toni it's still not clear when he made the transition to the less aggressive/more spinny forheand. If you watch nadal's match against agassi in 2005, he has more or less the same forehand that he did in the last 2-3 years.
     
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  20. RCizzle65

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    Watch his earlier matches, he hit the ball flat sometimes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKNucTyEqIc&fmt=18
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AteGEVt0HJc&fmt=18
     
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  21. akybo

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    The last pro I know who chaged his motion is Roddick.
    Anyway,those flatter shots(although they are not so flat) I saw in the clips seem more dangerous on the hardcourts as his actual forehand.
     
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