berdych, haas, del potrol --> traditional forehand??

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  1. john90

    john90 New User

    Nov 28, 2011
    berdych, haas, del potrol
    do their forehand consider as traditional forehand??:confused:
    or name some more?
  2. hawk eye

    hawk eye Hall of Fame

    Feb 2, 2010
    I'm not sure, but a tradition's got to start some time so you might be right
  3. cork_screw

    cork_screw Hall of Fame

    Jul 2, 2008
    Are you kidding? Berdych is probably the most tradition of the three, but Hass and del potro (both i've watched play and practice live) have very odd forehands. DP snaps his wrist on contact a lot and has an odd stroke, hass also has a very unconventional stroke.
  4. Pwned

    Pwned Hall of Fame

    Aug 9, 2008
    Not sure I agree with that. I think Del Potro has a very simple forehand. It's really just a big and simple C motion. The racquet face stays pretty much facing the contact point throughout the stroke without much erroneous movement.

    Before contact his wrist lays back a bit but that is going to happen with all players. Is it not 'traditional' because of how long and sweeping the motion is? I am not sure what the definition of a traditional forehand is but I see a very simple stroke. Roddick and Djokovic both have their racquets facing the back fence 1/3 of the way through the motion.

    I always thought Haas had a very simple motion as well. Compared to Federer it is fairly similar:

    What, technically, is a traditional forehand? Certainly the standard has been changed versus what it was 35 years ago.
  5. BeHappy

    BeHappy Hall of Fame

    Aug 24, 2007
    A traditional forehand is an Eastern grip finished over the shoulder.
  6. swfh

    swfh Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2011
    I've seen delpo and haas play. Both at this years us open. for me, i like to think of a forehand as being smooth, not really traditional. The Haas forehand is smooth, but the delpo and dolgo are not. But really, no one is smoother than federer

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