Side effects of learning ww wiper forehand too early

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by alexoftennis, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. alexoftennis

    alexoftennis New User

    Feb 27, 2007
    What are the common things that can go wrong when a person does not correctly learn the classic forehand before going on and hitting with the wind shield wiper forehand? Also, if you are a player that generally uses a wind shield wiper forehand are you able to switch back to the classic forehand and hit it effectivly or do you basically forget how to hit the classic forehand and only rely on your ww forehand? Thanks.
  2. aimr75

    aimr75 Hall of Fame

    Apr 2, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    possibly not learning how to hit through the ball
  3. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    One danger is that he won't learn to hit the windshield-wiper correctly -- that he'll try to whirl the racket upwards for topspin instead the wiper occurring naturally to slow down a racket that is already rising sharply.

    The other danger is that he won't know how to swing correctly when posing for picture to go into a beginner's instruction book. (In the 1960s it was very popular to have books presumably written by top tennis stars demonstrating how to play the game. Of course, it would have been irresponsible for stars to teach their unorthodox techniques to beginners, so you'd see Pancho Gonsales demonstrating the spread-fingers eastern grip he never used in match play, and Rod Laver demonstrating a firm-wristed closed-stance flat forehand unlike the open-stanced continental windshield-wiper [!!!] he usually used. I believe Oscar Wegner had much to say about this phenomenon.)
  4. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

    Mar 31, 2008
    No relation.
    If you hit the ww Fh properly, there is no problem.

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