As seen in my vid: http://youtube.com/watch?v=d49iYXoHR-o I hit with the elbow about in the middle of the 2 extremes: Roddick --> Verdasco Roddick is one of the most extreme close to body elbow forehands, where Verdasco, along with Srichaphan and some others, hit with a completely straight arm. Others including Federer and Safin hit almost straight, and others like Djokovic and Gonzales hit about in the middle. After watching my video I decided I wanted to try a straighter arm forehand, and I got good results, but inconsistently. I still don't know if I want to make such a major switch after my forehand has evolved as far as it has... (In the following paragraphs, all wrist movement mentioned is inactive) Advantage to straighter arm: Hitting further out in front(which also makes your grip a little more extreme because your wrist rotates slightly), more room for wrist movement (spin, power), tons easier power, a lot less physical of a movement Disadvantages: Harder to control(partly due to more wrist movement) ----- Advantages of more extreme elbow angle (closer to body): Much easier to control. Less can go wrong (because it has less room for the wrist to move) Disadvantages: Extremely physical swing to hit heavy/high pace shots. Less potential for power. Less room for the wrist to move Notice how wrist movement is in every category. When you have more wrist movement, you can have more spin, feels like its on the strings for longer, more power, but less consistency, more can go wrong.. Take a look at the best player in the world, his wrist movement is nuts, almost straight arm.. The power and spin he creates is amazing, but he makes tons of errors.. When he's on he's on(Just like Safin), but it seems like the clay courters (excluding nadal, due to his almost straight arm), seem to play the same everytime, close elbow, western grip, tons of spin, less can go wrong When I think straight arm I think the error-prone, amazing shots of Safin, Federer, Verdasco, etc but their are obviously exceptions, like Roddicks power game, with the extremely close elbow. Or Nadals extreme topspin consistent forehands with the straight arm.. Even though Djokovic seems to be around where I am he gets explosive power, hitting huge forehands against Federer.. Gonzo with a neutral arm.. --------- Comments? What should I pick? Should I stick with what I developed naturally, or move to the straighter arm, less effort high powered game? If you watch my vid I put a lot of effort into it and even though i'm hitting very hard, I can hit tons harder with the same effort with a straighter arm, but it seems like I can't get the control I can with my pretty neutral forehand.