5263 reconciles early prep and continuous loop very well in his explanation above. Basically early prep or stalk position is with both hands on the racket and the racket in front of the chest - between the shoulders and not laid back pointing toward back fence. From there, you will wait on the ball to start your swing and once you start your swing it will be continuous - flat C.
If you can find old video of Jim Courier forehand, he turned his shoulders and kept his hands out front - less back than Fed. From there, he would start his swing and used a continuous loop. He was an even more extreme example of keep hands together and not laying the racket head back as part of the "prep".
Last edited by TennisCJC : 10-09-2012 at 02:18 PM.