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dknotty 10-01-2013 10:01 AM

Forehand question
 
Do you hit your forehand with a straight or bent arm?

I've read that it's harder with a straight arm, can someone say why?

LeeD 10-01-2013 10:04 AM

It's "harder" with a straight arm because your length of lever is longer.
It's "harder" with a straight arm because you cannot make minute adjustments to change your distance from the ball so you can mishit more often.

Topspin Shot 10-01-2013 12:54 PM

I hit my forearm with a bent arm because I feel more comfortable with the ball closer to my body than farther away. Plus, as Lee said, you can't make an adjustment at the last second with your arm if your arm is already straight.

dknotty 10-01-2013 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Topspin Shot (Post 7791682)
I hit my forearm with a bent arm because I feel more comfortable with the ball closer to my body than farther away. Plus, as Lee said, you can't make an adjustment at the last second with your arm if your arm is already straight.

I've tried hitting with a bent arm and it just doesn't feel right.

Topspin Shot 10-01-2013 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dknotty (Post 7791706)
I've tried hitting with a bent arm and it just doesn't feel right.

Hey, to each his own. :)

henryshli 10-01-2013 01:40 PM

I'd say it is harder to be consistent with a bent arm. The ease of adjustment can be bad for consistency

MurrayMyInspiration 10-01-2013 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by henryshli (Post 7791749)
I'd say it is harder to be consistent with a bent arm. The ease of adjustment can be bad for consistency

Id say you are wrong as would millions of tennis players and coaches in the world.

sunof tennis 10-01-2013 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dknotty (Post 7791706)
I've tried hitting with a bent arm and it just doesn't feel right.

Whatever works for you-the two best forehands in the game-Nadal and Federer hit pretty straight armed.

Chas Tennis 10-01-2013 04:55 PM

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suryanaga 10-01-2013 06:46 PM

I've hit with both, currently using straight arm. I find that straight arm is more reliant on using the full kinetic chain.

5263 10-01-2013 06:49 PM

The one that feels more natural will likely work best for you and even straight arm players hit bent when needed, as bent arm players can fully extend. Imo there is not that clear separation, but more of a tendency. I Used to deny these categories, but gave in that players do seem to favor one over the other; so I suppose it's a reasonable way of being more descriptive.

Me Against The World 10-01-2013 08:43 PM

In theory you should be using both, if a flat serve is coming your way and you have your arm fully extended 9/10 you're going to miss it, but if you have your arm bent your using your bodies weight so you can hit more steadier, this also applies to groundstrokes

Cheetah 10-01-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Me Against The World (Post 7792499)
In theory you should be using both, if a flat serve is coming your way and you have your arm fully extended 9/10 you're going to miss it, but if you have your arm bent your using your bodies weight so you can hit more steadier, this also applies to groundstrokes

When someone asks about a stroke technique it's assumed, unless specifically noted, that the topic is general rally groundstrokes.

Straight arm uses body weight.

ace_pace 10-01-2013 10:45 PM

The straight arm is not forced, rather it is a result of successfully using your body + legs to drag the arm + racket to the ball. If you are holding your arm straight, you're probably weakening yourself.

Cheetah 10-02-2013 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ace_pace (Post 7792645)
The straight arm is not forced, rather it is a result of successfully using your body + legs to drag the arm + racket to the ball. If you are holding your arm straight, you're probably weakening yourself.

So you're saying players with a bent arm, such as djokovic, are not successfully using the body + legs to drag the arm + racket to the ball?

dominikk1985 10-02-2013 12:55 AM

BTW did novak become more straight arm the last years?

It is still bent but the angle of the arm seems to be more open now. not sure if my observation is correct though.

2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TZ2zyfYtLU
2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLRLP8g7-zY

5263 10-02-2013 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dominikk1985 (Post 7792728)
BTW did novak become more straight arm the last years?

It is still bent but the angle of the arm seems to be more open now. not sure if my observation is correct though.

2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TZ2zyfYtLU
2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLRLP8g7-zY

I've noticed the same I think.


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