Initial closed racquet face in the double hander?

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  1. zill

    zill Semi-Pro

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    Djokovic has the racquet face very closed in his preparation. Nadal also somewhat. Most however seem to hold the racquet face very open. Which other pros have their racquet face closed initially?

    By open I mean someone like Hewitt's backhand prep.
     
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  2. ONgame

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    why does this even matter/
     
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  3. zill

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    It matters for those players mentioned. Imagine if Hewitt used a closed racquet face.
     
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  4. ONgame

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    How would having a closed racquet face take back matter to Hewitt, even if he did have one?
     
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  5. zill

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    He’d feel uncomfortable if he had it. Hence would matter a lot.
     
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  6. ONgame

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    But he doesn't, so what's the point of this question?
    Shouldn't this be in the pro player discussion section instead then?
     
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  7. TenFanLA

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    Hewitt ain't got nothing on @ByeByePoly 's sunnyside up (patent pending) 2HBH.
     
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  8. ByeByePoly

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    Evert, Hewitt and BBP ... classy, assy, and thrashy
     
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  9. ByeByePoly

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    Actually ... I think most have it closed. The reason I know is TenFan and Jolly harrased :eek: me over my open 2hbh. Tenfan branded me with "sunnyside up" ... nice guy. I was in the process of trying to change to closed ... and found Chrissy Evert 2hbh video. Enough said ... careful with ttw advice. :D This is the conclusion I have come to with 2hbh ... NOTHING matters before slot forward. Not pendulum takeback, not straight back, not drop or right to slot ... yada yada yada. End up at slot on time with shoulders coiled with an acceptable 2hbh grip ... and you are good to go.

    Here is the rule: if you can find a pro doing your technique ... you do not need to change.

    I found a few sunnyside up pros ... orange shirt is Cilic

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  10. Crocodile

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    Slightly closed seems to have the best results from what I have experienced. Those pictures that show an open angle is photographed at a stage and then it changes in a the next few frames.
    Very closed angles are quite extreme for most players trying to learn the game.
     
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