I want Rybarikova's forehand

Been watching couple of matches by Rybarikova this Wimbledon and was really impressed by her forehand. As a medium / low ranked amateur I would love to have that forehand. Trying to copy forehands used on the ATP tour is just out of reach, however as a male I might be able to come close to this forehand used by Rybarikova on the WTA tour.

Despite I obviously see what see is doing, I would still love if anyone here can describe in words how she does that forehand, allowing me to practice it on court.
 

Fedinkum

Legend
I thought her forehand swing has a little jerky action on the take back, is almost like 2 swings, stopping the flow of the swing and often hit late...we saw a lot of error in her last match.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Do you have frame by frame analysis of her Forehand ?? so we can learn from it. Is it very clean and Textbook like Federer ? What aspects of it make it so Accurate and powerful ?
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Do you have frame by frame analysis of her Forehand ?? so we can learn from it. Is it very clean and Textbook like Federer ? What aspects of it make it so Accurate and powerful ?
Nothing about it is particularly noteworthy, except that it's pretty standard ATP stuff in the WTA. High elbows on the takeback, more of the Rick Macci "extension down into Pat the Dog" than a smooth, flowing stroke, but that's okay. Racquet mostly stays on the hitting side of the body. PTD to contact is just like every other modern forehand.

Only real differences between it and any ATP guy forehand you could copy are that her footwork is sloppier, and her finishes are half-assed. Still a good forehand, though.

No reason to over-analyze it, though, if you want a good WTA interpretation of a forehand with most of the ATP hallmarks. Justine Henin has a thousand times as much slow mo youtube footage, and hers was better in every respect.

If you want a tutorial on Rybarikova's mechanics, just watch Rick work with juniors. It's straight out of his playbook.

 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Nothing about it is particularly noteworthy, except that it's pretty standard ATP stuff in the WTA. High elbows on the takeback, more of the Rick Macci "extension down into Pat the Dog" than a smooth, flowing stroke, but that's okay. Racquet mostly stays on the hitting side of the body. PTD to contact is just like every other modern forehand.

Only real differences between it and any ATP guy forehand you could copy are that her footwork is sloppier, and her finishes are half-assed. Still a good forehand, though.

No reason to over-analyze it, though, if you want a good WTA interpretation of a forehand with most of the ATP hallmarks. Justine Henin has a thousand times as much slow mo youtube footage, and hers was better in every respect.

If you want a tutorial on Rybarikova's mechanics, just watch Rick work with juniors. It's straight out of his playbook.

Agree, High elbow takeback gives more tons more power. but also I can make you Late on the shot. I am not sure how you can avoid being late on fast incoming flat balls with this take back ??
 

10isMaestro

Semi-Pro
Agree, High elbow takeback gives more tons more power. but also I can make you Late on the shot. I am not sure how you can avoid being late on fast incoming flat balls with this take back ??
Elevating the elbow actually makes it less likely for you to bring your arm way behind, which in turn tends to mean that you have fewer problems with meeting the ball in front. It was my case and another poster said it was the best advice he ever got, commenting on a post I made about it a while ago... It is weird, but it seems to work.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Elevating the elbow actually makes it less likely for you to bring your arm way behind, which in turn tends to mean that you have fewer problems with meeting the ball in front. It was my case and another poster said it was the best advice he ever got, commenting on a post I made about it a while ago... It is weird, but it seems to work.
yes but it makes you late on the shot. it makes me late on the shot so I don't use it. otherwise I would use it all the time. Lendl made that shot famous
 

10isMaestro

Semi-Pro
yes but it makes you late on the shot. it makes me late on the shot so I don't use it. otherwise I would use it all the time. Lendl made that shot famous
You can't answer me 'yes' and then claim it makes you late... You don't meet the ball in front when you're late and I fail to see how not bringing the racket as far back as one otherwise would make one more late. It does the opposite.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Geez I thought her FH was too wristy and erratic. Kinda reminded me of the female version of Jack Sock.

There are other women's FHs I would definitely prefer to have in my bag of tricks. But really I don't need a different stroke. I need better coordination and timing.
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
Been watching couple of matches by Rybarikova this Wimbledon and was really impressed by her forehand. As a medium / low ranked amateur I would love to have that forehand. Trying to copy forehands used on the ATP tour is just out of reach, however as a male I might be able to come close to this forehand used by Rybarikova on the WTA tour.

Despite I obviously see what see is doing, I would still love if anyone here can describe in words how she does that forehand, allowing me to practice it on court.
To my knowledge Rybarikava has the only genuine ATP forehand on the WTA side. I think it's a good forehand to emulate.
 

rkelley

Hall of Fame
FWIW, I wouldn't copy one player's fh. What I would do is look at a group of players with similar fhs and try to understand what's similar and different. The similarities are the key components that you need to focus on.

Also, I think it's totally doable to hit an ATP fh. You're not likely to hit it 100 mph with 4000 rpms of rotation stretched out in a full slide, but I think most of us have a shot at getting the basic motion.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Prefer Justine Henin's implementation of the ATP Fh but Magdelena's is not too shabby at all. She appears to have mad futbol skills as well.

 
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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Usually it's the exessive looping that makes one become late.

Shortened ranges need a quick rythm to it and shall really be tough to have belief, that you will get enough racket head speed by such a short motion.

But thinking it over and comparing it with a smash, it's similar. Hand makes short move and extends and force the racket head travel longer than the feel implies.

However you must have your feet working and shoulders rotating and propelling the extended arm early to swing the arm into the front of your trunk.


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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Macci spoke about flip, when pointing out the lag in transition into forward swing.

I think that's not really a flip, but supination of forearm.


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