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Old 02-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #41
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I lean towards Cheetah's way of seeing this, as it describes how the power in the shot is being produced, rather than what looks to be producing the shot.

The movement forward may be minimal, but since the axis one's body rotates in a regular forehand is in line with the opposite leg (for a righty, the left leg), most of the player's weight is behind the shot, since it swings around a farther axis to meet the ball (and could be swinging up and to the left, but that is irrelevant), then following through across the body. "Pulling back" could be a way to facilitate rotation especially off the back foot (and that rotation puts weight behind the shot), but it's not something one would be doing when perfectly positioned for a rally ball.
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