Difference between these two forehands

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Nikae, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Nikae

    Nikae Rookie

    Nov 18, 2009
  2. Cheetah

    Cheetah Hall of Fame

    Mar 29, 2011
    San Diego
    The 2nd guy has much better footwork, better preparation, a better swing (imo), better mechanics, better weight transfer, better left arm usage, a better takeback, a better and more consistent contact point.

    2nd guy is probably more consistent.
    1st guy has a good swing but takeback and contact point i don't like. takeback isn't horrible but could be better.
    1st guy has better head movement/control/eye on the ball etc.
    2nd guy's head moves too much. probably shanks every now and then.
    1st guy seems more grooved with his technique. probably has been using his current style longer than the 2nd guy.
    1st guy probably breaks down under pressure or when facing hard shots easier than 2nd guy.
    1st guy doesn't have a good kinetic chain going on. It's kind of 'broken'. missing links.
    2nd guy should try to be a little bit more relaxed. bottom half looks just a bit too stiff. not enough knee bend.
    1st guy has better extension.
    2nd guy has better topspin.
    1st guy needs to work on footwork during the shot. they are all over the place. inconsistent. not helping the shot at all.

    Both guys are good though. Nice hitting. But that's my breakdown imo.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2012
  3. IsnerFan

    IsnerFan New User

    Jul 12, 2012
    1st guy should catch the follow through on the throat of the racket, the follow through is a little crazy
    second guy should try and get in a better position and not swing his foot through
  4. OHBH

    OHBH Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2009
    Second guy better in all regards I would say
    -takes racket back earlier in preparation
    -more knee bend and lower body usage
    -plays closer to baseline and takes ball early
    -more consistent contact and contact point

    The only reason the 1st guys footwork might appear better is that he is backing up more to hit the ball cleanly but you really don't want to do that if you can help it.
  5. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Second guy has a shinier bald spot.
    Hard to tell from these vids WHO'S a better player.
    First guy's strokes are more mechanical, more prone to be consistent.
    Second vid is loopier and possiby more powerful, but more chances of breaking down under pressure.
    Even call as to who's a better player.
    I like second vid form, but that doesn't mean it works better for all players.

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