Originally Posted by travlerajm
The first phase of the stroke is the important part for control, because it determines the racquetface angle and the racquetface angular velocity at the start of the hitting zone. Thus what happens in the first part of the stroke determines the forces that the player needs to apply in the second part of the stroke.
Now this is not clear to me at all, and in my understanding Cross is implying exactly the opposite. Do you have any objective proof for this statement (i.e. beyond your own subjective experience)? Or at least can you illustrate it with a diagram, figure, or something?
2 x Dunlop 4D200 Tour, full bed BHBR16 @ 36-38 lbs, tailweighted to ~10 pts HL, 374g