I have read almost all the topics about pull and push thing and i have something that i couldn't find an explanation. I know most of you don't like push/pull thing but i should say i'm asking because the answer will really help me to improve my game. In a push stroke, you set your wrist at the beginning of the takeback and your arm/wrist position never changes till the moment of impact. That means you can transfer all the momentum of a loopy takeback to your stroke and that gives you extra power. So a continuous, loopy and optionally huge takeback is a must as we can all see at wta matches. I wonder what is the effect of a loopy and continuous takeback with a pull forehand besides timing and feel. I mean when you take the racquet back, you turn your hips and with the rotation of the hip and shoulders, it creates a lag and the racquet goes back. To me the racquet goes back means a pause, even a stepback with your swing and that means all the momentum that created with your loopy and huge takeback is lost at the moment of whipping. If you watch Nadal slow motion, it seems like he stops his takeback 3 times before he makes the shot and it's clearly not an "alphabet c". Also Federer has the same pause but not that extreme; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soADAL_uGs8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ImeQaAyFPc And this is Ana Ivanovic with her push forehand, you can clearly see the continuous loop without any stop and feel the power it gives to her. Also Sharapova forehand has the same effect; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXgJCN6KWT0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHSHnshZRss So basically can we say a loopy and continuous backswing adds power to your strokes if you have a push stroke style, and adds nothing besides timing and better feel if you have a pull stroke style ? Also is a straight arm technique necessary to hit a pull stroke ?