Federer forehand with wooden racket

Rogerer

Rookie
Could federer destroy the competition like he did with a wooden racket or should he have played like wim 2003?
 
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urban

Legend
Fed had many mishits or near mishits even in his so called prime years. Sampras with his Landsdorp style hit a more clean shot in the middle of the racket. With a wooden racket these would have been certain errors, but with the new rackets they could go over the net somehow. A friend of mine, who is a tennis writer, said, that Fed was hitting better from a stationary position than on the run. This is certainly true, from my memory, for the older Fed from 2010 onwards. He wasn't as flexible running left and right as Djokovic or Nadal, but looked more massive in his body structure around hip and belly. What he never mastered, was a really good slice approach shot, which would have helped him tremendously at Wim against Djokovic. I have just begun to read Chris Clareys fine book on Fed's career, mabye i find some correlating aspects in it.
 

Rogerer

Rookie
So only Federer is using a wood racket? lol. Peak TTW.
So Do you think Federer's forehand in the 60s would have been devastating or would he have used serve and volley as his primary weapon? From all 60s atg player I have seen the backhand(and volley)is more impressive
 

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
Don't think it would have worked at all: with a wooden racket you need to center perfectly the ball while today's rackets are more forgiving; since Fed likes to hit his FH super flat instead of lifted, his success margin would be infinitesimal and he would make a boatload of errors with a wooden racket.
 

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
Here's my thought... Federer has amazing timing and hand eye coordination. He would be successful in any era if he learned in that era. If he were learning to play in the woodie era, his strokes would not resemble what they look like now. But with his skillset, I do think he would have been a top player, but maybe not an ATG.
 

MasterZeb

Hall of Fame
Fed had many mishits or near mishits even in his so called prime years. Sampras with his Landsdorp style hit a more clean shot in the middle of the racket. With a wooden racket these would have been certain errors, but with the new rackets they could go over the net somehow. A friend of mine, who is a tennis writer, said, that Fed was hitting better from a stationary position than on the run. This is certainly true, from my memory, for the older Fed from 2010 onwards. He wasn't as flexible running left and right as Djokovic or Nadal, but looked more massive in his body structure around hip and belly. What he never mastered, was a really good slice approach shot, which would have helped him tremendously at Wim against Djokovic. I have just begun to read Chris Clareys fine book on Fed's career, mabye i find some correlating aspects in it.
Don't think it would have worked at all: with a wooden racket you need to center perfectly the ball while today's rackets are more forgiving; since Fed likes to hit his FH super flat instead of lifted, his success margin would be infinitesimal and he would make a boatload of errors with a wooden racket.
The shankmeister would be even worse. Might as well change to a continental grip.
“Federer never made clean contact on his forehand and hits super flat”
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
So Do you think Federer's forehand in the 60s would have been devastating or would he have used serve and volley as his primary weapon? From all 60s atg player I have seen the backhand(and volley)is more impressive
Federer has huge amounts of racket head speed his forehand (likewise Nadal) so he'd have to adjust to the heavier racket and smaller sweet spot. I think his feel and hand eye coordination is the best if the Big 3 so I do think he'd take to it the best. I also assume he'd have one of the top forehands of the era but obviously it wouldn't be like it is today.


There's a video comparing the Borg and Federer forehands.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
He hit more than enough shanks with the larger modern racquets. If you think he'd hit fewer shanks with a much smaller and less powerful racquet, I want some of whatever you're smoking!
but if his opponents are using wood racquets too then the balls are gonna come back slower so he'll be ok
 
I think it would have been very similar to Laver’s forehand. The forehand he had from 2003 on isn’t possible without poly strings, but given peak Fed’s only true weakness was a +3500 rpm lefty forehand to his backhand, I think he’d benefit more than he’d lose.
 

Visionary

Professional
Federer, for his style, would be very much ok with a wooden racquet but Nadal and Djoker ...... those two do not fit that world.
 

Pumpkin

Semi-Pro
Federer would be just as effective with a wooden racquet and he wouldn't have to change his swing at all. He would be No. #1 with bags of grand slams.
 

Rogerer

Rookie
Federer has huge amounts of racket head speed his forehand (likewise Nadal) so he'd have to adjust to the heavier racket and smaller sweet spot. I think his feel and hand eye coordination is the best if the Big 3 so I do think he'd take to it the best. I also assume he'd have one of the top forehands of the era but obviously it wouldn't be like it is today.


There's a video comparing the Borg and Federer forehands.
Thanks, but how many players in 60s/70s destroyed the game with forehand or had the forehand as a best shot? Players in this area had a better top spin backhand than forehand from what I've seen
 
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Pumpkin

Semi-Pro
I wish they would hold a tournament using wooden racquets. It would be so interesting. I think Federer would thrive.
 
Federer has huge amounts of racket head speed his forehand (likewise Nadal) so he'd have to adjust to the heavier racket and smaller sweet spot. I think his feel and hand eye coordination is the best if the Big 3 so I do think he'd take to it the best. I also assume he'd have one of the top forehands of the era but obviously it wouldn't be like it is today.


There's a video comparing the Borg and Federer forehands.
Looks similar to the non-player but in fact are very different. Borg brushes up on the ball much more while Fed drives through it. I'm sure they're making the most out of the technologies they have to work with. Although, while Borg's FH was great to watch and was a transitional FH between classic and modern games, it wasn't one of the harder FH's in the game. Many players of that time hit the ball harder. Borg's placement was excellent though and he was able to pull players off the court with topspin.
 
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