female players' forehand vs males'

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by highsierra, May 31, 2006.

  1. highsierra

    highsierra Rookie

    Apr 4, 2005
    A lot of WTA players have the frehand with their upper arm and elbow tucked. Sharapova is a typical example. I also see teenage girls at the local club hit their forehand like that. I think someone mentioned that that's the Bollettierri's way of forehand. On the other hand, a lot of guys at various levels play with their arms extended out more. If you have seen those super slow motion videos of Federer and others, you know exactly what I mean. My question is why there's this difference? What're the pros and cons?
  2. habib

    habib Professional

    Dec 12, 2005
    Well, first of all, you are going to have a lot of trouble finding someone who hits with as extended an arm as Federer. If you watch slo-mo video of the majority of male pros, they hit with the arm/elbow tucked in as well. I think that the only difference is that, the men being stronger, they can throw their hips forward harder and still whip the arm around, perhaps giving them a more...elastic swing, rather than such a tightly controlled one?

    uNIVERSE mAN Rookie

    Jan 24, 2005
    that effect is what allows men to play with wicked topspin while females hit flat strokes. Another factor is the wrist strength.

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