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Old 08-01-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Suresh and newpball, this is the article which convinced me:

The string bed is systematically closed beyond the vertical plane, mostly between 10 and 20 degrees, and the swing path prior contact is always pretty shallow -- in the example he gave, Federer and Nadal both swung at 18 degrees from the horizontal plane.

As for the angle of the racket face, it opens up (becomes less closed, actually) as you swing forward -- the best pros start with their racket face parallel to the ground.
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