Originally Posted by boramiNYC
check the shot in the clip above I quoted. I don't see the racquet head going below the contact point. do you?
We have a wording problem, actually. I understood your claim differently than what you meant, I think.
What I had in mind was the racket head going up: that is, the contact location on the string bed was bellow the spatial contact point, so that the racket did drop before contact.
In mind the racket going partially bellow the contact point was enough to make a call. But, now that I see the videos, I got your point: Federer does hit very horizontally. Federer also gets a very nice pronation around contact... apparently, just getting your hand and forearm in the right position before swinging makes it happen because of some muscular reflex.
Would you say that any decent Eastern Forehand involves that sort of swing path and arm action?