Originally Posted by 5263
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?
This is kind of what I was thinking would make sense. Unit turn happens early and then the loop is part of the swing.
Kind of a lightbulb, and I don't know if this is part of MTM, but is this what people mean when they say the swing shape should be like a C? Never really understood that, but if they're saying the loop is part of the swing, it would make sense.