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Old 11-09-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by PaulC View Post
More or less. Even Lendl's was similar.

Their exaggerated "elbow-up first" take-back -- and then half-loop swing was used to be a clay court technique to do topspin drive with a smaller stroke that can last for hours yet generate enough racket head acceleration each time - with those heavier and sub-85 sqi rackets

Worked pretty well for them even on grass.

But I guess with the rackets nowadays, people can take FULL-LOOP swing with much more comfort. (Though the "elbow-up" take-back is still used today)
They indeed has a similar swing, and yes, a similar grip too. The elbow-up take back is used by Eastern/continental grip users to ensure that the racquet stays closed enough to provide topspin.
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