Originally Posted by tricky
Downside with a pendulum takeback is that you have less power on high bouncing shots and less spin variation.
Tricky, can the pendulum forehand (OHBH on other side, like Sampras) be hit with a straight arm? And would that provide more power and spin variation on high bouncing shots, like it does with Fed and Nadal, who have very different takebacks?
Sampras would go straight on really wide balls, where his wrist clearly was more "slappy", but I'm wondering if could have used the straight arm in other situations to give his forehand more versatility and spin. His forehand always looked a little "cramped" to me.