Cut short the follow through?

zill

Professional
We are told to hold the racquet loosely and not be too tense through the groundstrokes etc but is it a good idea to stop short the follow through after contact somewhat?

The reason am thinking is mainly to make sure the majority of the motion of the swing is forwards. With the follow through however the arm goes side ways and back over the shoulder etc
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
We are told to hold the racquet loosely and not be too tense through the groundstrokes etc but is it a good idea to stop short the follow through after contact somewhat?

The reason am thinking is mainly to make sure the majority of the motion of the swing is forwards. With the follow through however the arm goes side ways and back over the shoulder etc
you can do this, but it is one of the "re-direct" type techniques
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
If I understand correctly, I used to do that as a kid. Its actually really bad for the wrist and forearm because the stopping of the motion puts a lot of forces into the arm.

But I was stopping short the motion very soon after contact, actively going against the initial force of my swing, so Im not totally certain if thats what you mean.
 
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zill

Professional
you can do this, but it is one of the "re-direct" type techniques

I was thinking more along the lines of how the older gen players use to hit (all) their forehands. Eg here at 3:00 Stich's off forehand winner with a follow through which by today's standards is tiny. But is it good technique to minimize the follow through? I also notice Nadal forcibly stop short his buggy whip forehand follow through at times.

 

zill

Professional
If I understand correctly, I used to do that as a kid. Its actually really bad for the wrist and forearm because the stopping of the motion puts a lot of forces into the arm.

But I was stopping short the motion very soon after contact, actively going against the initial force of my swing, so Im not totally certain if thats what you mean.
Please see my above post.
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
Please see my above post.
I think it works well for that playstyle, short takeback, short followthrough. Never do big takeback and short followthrough though. I think the two should be connected ,bigger takeback, bigger followthrough. It definitely seems like a style for redirecting, I'm a fan of McEnroe too even when he plays from the back of the court.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
I was thinking more along the lines of how the older gen players use to hit (all) their forehands. Eg here at 3:00 Stich's off forehand winner with a follow through which by today's standards is tiny. But is it good technique to minimize the follow through? I also notice Nadal forcibly stop short his buggy whip forehand follow through at times.

just not a great view, but that is a standard I/O follow thru imo
 
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