Originally Posted by Cheetah
Look at the videos I posted. Safin, Fed, Djoko, Almagro, Monfils. They all take the racquet back and the elbow is leading. This happens automatically if you hold both hands on the racquet and don't lead with the head of the racquet by cocking back your wrist during the takeback.
The flying elbow is when you lead with the elbow, separate your hands and keep the racquet head in front of your hand a la sampras. that's different. just leading back w/ the elbow is not a 'flying elbow'.
When you say "lead with the elbow," I'm picturing Lendl and Sampras. Those are flying elbows. I don't know anyone leading with the elbow as their primary technique today. IMO, the takeback should be led with the hand, or at minimum, with the hand and elbow together. The elbow should be in and forward. So, it wouldn't be leading the hand.