Originally Posted by JW10S
What happens just prior to contact is of far more relevance to where the shot goes than what happens after contact. What happens after contact is usually just a byproduct of what happened prior to contact. Where the racquet ends up doesn't really tell you much about where the ball went.
I think you're overlooking something. You said that what happens with the racquet before contact is more important than what happens after contact, and, what happens after contact is a byproduct of what happened before contact. If that's so, then what happens after contact can be a good indicator of what happened before contact was executed correctly.