Pete and Steffi had the same forehand technique

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  1. dimeaxe

    dimeaxe Semi-Pro

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    Am I right about this one, it seems to me that they had the same swing, maybe grip...
     
  2. PaulC

    PaulC Semi-Pro

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    More or less. Even Lendl's was similar.

    Their exaggerated "elbow-up first" take-back -- and then half-loop swing was used to be a clay court technique to do topspin drive with a smaller stroke that can last for hours yet generate enough racket head acceleration each time - with those heavier and sub-85 sqi rackets

    Worked pretty well for them even on grass.

    But I guess with the rackets nowadays, people can take FULL-LOOP swing with much more comfort. (Though the "elbow-up" take-back is still used today)
     
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  3. Prisoner of Birth

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    Their backhands aren't too dissimilar, either.
     
  4. comeback

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    AS IS THEIR INCREDIBLE RECORDS IN GRAND SLAMS
     
  5. Fugazi

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    They indeed has a similar swing, and yes, a similar grip too. The elbow-up take back is used by Eastern/continental grip users to ensure that the racquet stays closed enough to provide topspin.
     
  6. Kalin

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    Great explanations, PaulC and Fugazi, thanks!
     

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