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Old 10-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #8
isilra
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Originally Posted by TheCheese View Post
You're probably not hitting it out in front enough. With a straight arm forehand you hit considerably further out in front.

If you catch it late, your elbow is going to take a lot of the energy from the impact because you don't have any leverage.

You need to keep in mind that a straight arm forehand does not mean that you hit with a completely straight arm all the time. Think of it of a different ideal contact point. If you mess up the timing slightly, always adjust the bend in your arm to make it more comfortable. Even Fed does this at times, so should you.
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Originally Posted by sixftlion View Post
I think Fed and Rafa perfectly use the elasticity of the bigger muscles (like you say)... the arm is perfectly relaxed and as the movement of the shoulder (after the hip) goes forward, it will stretch the arm (sort of on its own) and the energy transferred effortlessly "throws" the racket into the ball. Hard to describe. But they are not trying to straighten it, it just happens. Timing acquired by practice. While you are learning you may have some discomfort here and there because different muscles working and getting maybe overused. Keep massaging all the biceps, triceps, and forearms, stretch your chest, strengthen back of the shoulder to keep it all balanced. One day you will have that forehand. I've been working on it for a while too, now I have it and no physical issues.
Exactly as you describe, i don't force it, it just happens. When the shoulder goes forward, it stretches the arm. But the problem is i feel so much stress on my elbow when it happens. After a time, i start to feel some pain. Maybe it's just because my arm/elbow stamina is not good enough to this movement with an 12.oz+ racquet, i will change to my blx team for a while and see what happens, thank you.
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