Any active pros using straight takeback forehand?

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Don’t know, but I’ve played someone with a ”let go”-doublehanded backhand slice and it is vicious!


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I’d say Ferrer is close to a straight take back
Ferrer definitely uses a loop, albeit a pretty small one.


Before the 80s a few players used a straight take back to since the mid 80s or so almost anyone used a loop. I think Borg made it really popular and then many imitated it.
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
And didn’t Ferrer called it a carrier and quit last year? #nonactive


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TennisCJC

Legend
Serena's take back is fairly straight but she does have a small loop when she transitions to forward movement. Cannot think of any current ATP players with relatively straight take back. Soderling a few years ago was an ATP example but not sure if any current pros use it.
 

Heck

Rookie
I have a takeback like Marcel. It's like a slingshot lol. My pro is trying to get me to start with the racket high to add a little loop to it. It does ad way more shape and spin to the
shot. I will keep working on it because I can use the spin.
 

Heck

Rookie
I have a takeback like Marcel. It's like a slingshot lol. My pro is trying to get me to start with the racket high to add a little loop to it. It does ad way more shape and spin to the
shot. I will keep working on it because I can use the spin.
 

aimr75

Hall of Fame
Ferrer definitely uses a loop, albeit a pretty small one.


Before the 80s a few players used a straight take back to since the mid 80s or so almost anyone used a loop. I think Borg made it really popular and then many imitated it.
I said close to. If you look at this vid:


His racquet is pointed up a bit but his hand path going back is pretty horizontal.
 

Fintft

Legend
I said close to. If you look at this vid:


His racquet is pointed up a bit but his hand path going back is pretty horizontal.
According to my girl coach, that's what some male players are doing, in order to deal with the pace of the incoming balls.

Based on her teachings I do the same and only one other young coach suggested to point (again) the raquet head up (" be it no higher then my shoulder", in order to make a smaller loop as opposed to a big C). Dunno, this young coach, used to be my opponent and I only hit with my once or twice per year.
 
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