I am a 3.0-3.5 player and have been watching quite a few slow motion forehand captures of pros lately. One thing that I somehow hadn't noticed until yesterday, is that all the pros I watched bring their racquet back, point the racquet butt at the ball, then bring the racquet forward - WITHOUT ROTATING IT, ie. with the butt still pointing forward - before initiating the rotation. Keeping the racquet pointed forward while rotating the body sort of spring-loads the wrist (tendons?) to where when the racquet face is finally rotated towards the ball, it does so with tremendous speed and energy release. Here are some examples: Federer Djokovic Nadal Borg, Lendl,Federer This contrasts hugely with the typical amateur swing, where the racquet face rotation towards the ball is initiated right from the back of the swing (couldn't find any slow mo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9YHZ1QFMhk I just played today for the first time with this in mind and it made a huge difference. I was getting more power and control with what felt like a very pure motion (not "muscling it"). This technique not only works on low and high forehands, but also on my 1hbh (high and low). I feel like I've finally added a key piece that I was missing to my swings - loading the wrist/arm with elastic energy and releasing it in a burst. So 2 questions: 1) What is this technique called? (delayed swing, laid back wrist?) 2) Why isn't more importance attached to this concept? I have 4 tennis books: Wegner, "Play better Tennis in 2 hours" Roetert, "World-Class Tennis Technique" Sadzeck "Tennis Skills" Littleford & Magrath, "Tennis Strokes and Tactics" and for the life of me, I cannot find any mention of this, especially not in the "forehand" chapters. Additionally, FYB's 5 step forehand doesn't mention this. Shouldn't it be one of the steps? In the FYB video where they compare 3 amateurs to pros in slow mo, Will says that the last amateur (Kevin) has a similar swing to Tommy Haas (at least in the basic steps). But if you go to minute 36 in the video (http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/welcome-to-the-fyb-community/) you can clearly see that whereas Tommy has a delayed swing, Kevin doesn't. Anyway, right now I am really excited about this and I am just a little mystified (and perhaps miffed to be honest) as to why my 4 books ignore it, FYB ignores it, my coach never mentioned it. Wouldn't all players benefit from knowing this from day 1? I know I would have. Starting players doing this coach kyril exercise that demonstrates the technique would IMHO prevent many bad swing habits from developing and focus a player straight away in the right direction to develop a good swing.