Originally Posted by toly
Yes, you can and maybe should exert force on the racquet to keep proper racquet orientation, but this force practically doesn’t affect collision, because 20 horses are much, much … stronger than you.
I really don't follow. You seem to be saying gravity is doing all the work.
In your example of ball leaving the racket at 100 mph, it could also be a serve, not a forehand. Are you saying that gravity is what provides the force on the serve when in reality the racquet is almost moving up or slightly down at contact? If I just hang the racket and let it fall on the ball toss, a 100 mph serve will be produced?
Doesn't seem right to me. If the above is not right, then the argument that there is no force exerted by the player on the forehand is also wrong.