One of my friends who is an ex-college player mentioned to me that part of the reason why Federer's forehand is great is because he keeps the racquet head up for a long time during his preparation. When he told me this, I became aware of this aspect with my forehand and I noticed that I tend to drop the head too early. In other words, I get to the "pat the dog" position prematurely. Here is a video of Roger hitting from the front: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONp2-AREFbw&feature=player_profilepage Even on the low balls (0:30 mark), the head stays above the wrist for a while prior to swinging forward. Same trend on high balls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVNia4A9BTM My question to you guys is: what can I do to prevent myself from dropping the racquet too early? It seems like the benefit of keeping the head up longer is that the transition from backswing to forward swing seems more fluid. If you get to the pat the dog position to early, it's like you break the kinetic chain and end up with an inefficient stroke (like Serena).