Originally Posted by TheCheese
Imo, the straight arm is not really any different technically than a bent arm. I mean, what if the ball is too far away from the bent arm? Are you not allowed to straighten it because then it'd become close to a straight arm? The amount of bend in the arm doesn't define the techniques.
It's just a preference of where you'd like to contact the ball that results from having one type of forehand technique which uses pronation in the takeback. Nobody should be trying to force themselves to hit with their arm straight. The straight arm should be a result of the contact point.
Agree. Its all preference and any good coach will understand that all players need to be comfortable with their stroke. Bio-mechanically no two bodies are the same. But if you want to move to a straighter arm forehand, than a longer extension is required.
The OP needs to think extension, reach and hitting way in front.