I've got a question on the FH takeback... Conventional wisdom dictates that the shoulder-turn, pat-the-dog (BB's name) and follow-through is one consistent motion, hence a "loopy swing". Looking at the pro's this is mostly one consistent motion with decent timing and a very fluid stroke. Are there severe problems with a more straight, waiting-type takeback? What I mean by this is that the shoulder-turn and pat-the-dog position is done as part one, followed by a slight delay waiting for the ball to arrive (racquet pointing backwards, stringbed angled downwards) before the forward swing takes place. Both of these swings has the same motions, and I've found myself to be more comfortable doing the latter. My timing is a bit better, although the stroke is arguable not as "smooth looking". I've heard more than once that it should be a single motion and am quite willing to adapt (there goes the rhythm) if there are technical and/or health, power and/or control reasons for doing the former. I suppose the latter swing is more flat than loopy, although sped-up the swingpaths are (should be) identical.