Originally Posted by tennisfan69
most of the instruction videos or coaches i have spent time and my kids have spent time learning always say :
"you hit your forehand like this, you hit your serve like this, you play volley like this, you hit your backhand like this etc: because that is how the top pros hit and play"
now the question is who teaches the top pros? it is kind of chicken first /egg first question right?
It is like everything else. The student learns from the master, and then he becomes the master. He comes up with his own variations on top of what he has learnt, and if they are good, the next generation learns from him.
But to be frank, apart from the forehands of the top men, very little has changed stroke-wise. The changes have been more in fitness and focus on baseline play for slower surfaces. Even on the forehand, it is only the Federer and Nadal forehands which are given as examples of innovation, and the Nadal one had its big following among coaches and students till a year ago, but now people are questioning his whole style of play and what it does to the body.
Watch some of the lower-level pros. They still lose because of UEs, lapse of concentration, or not trying hard enough. And they still can't hit forehands like Fed or Nadal.