Originally Posted by corners
Maybe, but I can tell you with certainty that the thumb is crucial to the ATP style. Try hitting like Fed or Nadal while keeping your thumb off the handle entirely. Then wind up like Sharapova. You'll find that thumbs aren't necessary to hit like Sharapova but essential to hit like Fed or Nadal.
I do. everyday. My thumb doesn't grip my racquet at all on the fh and I don't swing like Sharapova. I get a lot of power and a lot of spin. And during my takeback I apply pressure on the racquet with my 3rd and 4th finger only. The racquet just lays in my hand. Almost no pressure.
Yonex VCore 100s - SW 351 6pts HL Tour Bite / Luxilon 4G 16 @ 51lbs
Last edited by Cheetah; 01-22-2013 at 02:11 PM.