Went from using my whole arm in the forehand swing to a more forearm and wrist forehand swing but experiencing some tennis elbow...

zill

Professional
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I use to have a large forehand swing like Hewitt. Recently switched to a much smaller atp style swing like Wawrinka. I found that I am getting more power and consistency as a result but experiencing some pain in the wrist and elbow that I use to not experience with the bigger swing. Is this usual? Am I doing something wrong? I find that my forearm as gotten a whole lot larger as well ever since I switched to the smaller swing. Note that I have kept the same follow through and raccquet head speed.
 
#4
Tennis elbow is a torn tendon in a specific area of the elbow. Stop stressing the torn tendon immediately and see a well qualified specialist.

See thread Tendon Injury Nuthouse for some information on tendon injuries. Make sure you are not dealing with Golfer's Elbow on the other side of the elbow.
 

Fintft

Hall of Fame
#5
I found that I am getting more power and consistency as a result but experiencing some pain in the wrist and elbow that I use to not experience with the bigger swing. Is this usual? Am I doing something wrong? I find that my forearm as gotten a whole lot larger as well ever since I switched to the smaller swing. Note that I have kept the same follow through and raccquet head speed.
A bigger looper (with the tip of the racquet pointing straight up) helps you hit more relaxed (as opposed to an abbreviated loop - that also my coach advocates for me- where the tip of the racquet might be tilted 45 forward or such).

But I think that the problem lies in the title of your thread when you mention using the "forehand and wrist" in the second scenario.

Nick Bolletierri once told me (without seeing my video) on tennis.com not to have any tension neither in the arm nor in the wrist and I totally agree with you.

On the contrary this summer, I took 5 weeks of daily lessons from a 23 year old coach in Romania (who used to be around 1000 WTA in doubles before a shoulder injury) and she advocated firming up the wrist/using it actively as part of the FH swing (after starting with a relaxed one first) "otherwise you'd have no control"?! I disagreed and later laughed at her, after getting pain in her arms one day, when she did our lesson with my heavy RF97A. ..And she is a big girl about 6'2", not skinny either.
 
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