Originally Posted by HunterST
A forehand with a continuous loop gives you a lot more topspin. By continuous loop, I mean the take back is a loop, and it flows right into the stroke, almost like the arm is making a circle. This is a pretty commonly given piece of advice.
Another piece of advice that is given frequently is to have early preparation. That is usually described as getting body into a coiled position and have the racket back.
So, the two pieces of advice seem kind of conflicting. How can you be coiled with the racket back as early as possible AND make the loop continuous. You have to wait for the ball to be close enough to make the loop.
Can anyone shed light on this?
I can see why this is confusing. Lots of problems here.
People used to say early prep and get the racket head back towards the fence,
not like Fed here who is just now as the ball is bouncing, starting to sep his
hands. Fed is of the continuing loop side of things and only does the modern
version of early prep, with both hands on the stick with good shoulder turn.
He doesn't do the backswing part early or with a hitch.
I don't like calling his time with both hands on the racket early prep for the
reason of these type mix ups. Better to use a new name to separate it from
past thinking and technique. MTM uses stalking. Because old school teaching
was more of a set, hitch type position, some try to understand stalking that way
but it's not correct. Stalking is a moving sequenced position on several levels,
but mainly keeping the racket in front of the chest area and including in front
of the back shoulder including early part of where the hands separate. If you hate
MTM, then call it something else, but best not to call it early prep, due to old
terms give the confusion you post about. How about modern prep, but many
hate to say modern, so maybe "front prep" for keeping the racket generally in front of
the body as the shoulders turn?