Originally Posted by psv255
I think the advice to "hit out in front" is most effectively directed at the player who uses a late "wrist flick"; rather than leading with the arm and "dragging" the racquet head, some tend to hit the ball literally to their side, in the plane of their body, on a regular rally ball! This is not only counterproductive but can easily lead to injury, so that would be the target audience for "hitting out in front."
For those interested, this is a fun video to actually see how different "in front" and "to the side" are and why one would want to hit "in front."
I see. Sort of like a security guard squarely blocking the way of people, with hands outstretched, and flicking his wrist to say "go back."
I have never seen any 3.5 and above hit it this way, which makes me wonder about the value of the advice.