who owns fastest forehand?

Jonny S&V

Hall of Fame
I think it was Gael Monfils. Or do you mean out of those 4 players their fastest forehand shot?
He almost NEVER hits his forehands as flat as that video, almost always looped and deep. For the most consistently hard forehand, MPH wise anyways, is Blake (heck, I remember seeing a video of him hitting a 130+ return of serve forehand), but Gonzalez has the most effort driven forehand (100+ mph and monster topspin, nasty! :twisted: ).
 
He almost NEVER hits his forehands as flat as that video, almost always looped and deep. For the most consistently hard forehand, MPH wise anyways, is Blake (heck, I remember seeing a video of him hitting a 130+ return of serve forehand), but Gonzalez has the most effort driven forehand (100+ mph and monster topspin, nasty! :twisted: ).
i know!, i remember that 124 mph forehand blake hit at the ao, and gonzo can hit the monstrous fh out of all.
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Many guys can hit the occasional flat bomb, but Federer has the fastest consistent forehand. He has a more Semi-Western grip than most of the current huge forehands, but still rips up and across the ball. Somehow he hits through the ball with tremendous forward racquet speed while still generating heavy topspin.

Most of the other big forehands are either looping heavy topspin bombs or pretty flat. Federer controls his missiles with topspin and can hit with huge forward velocity more often and from more spots on the court. The forehand missiles look flat, but usually have a lot of spin.


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/27/s...erence/Times Topics/People/M/McEnroe, Patrick
What makes Federer unusual and devastating is that he makes use of the windshield-wiper effect on his forehand with a much more neutral grip. His is a more modified eastern, or classical, grip than semiwestern.

The grip allows Federer to play closer to the baseline than most and take the ball early. But, Yandell said, Federer's hand and forearm rotation and his open stance allow him to generate spin averaging 2,500 revolutions a minute on his forehand versus 1,800 r.p.m. for Agassi and Sampras, who is now retired, when they were filmed.

"Roger's hitting it as hard, but with 30 to 40 percent more topspin," Yandell said. "That allows him to find places on the court that nobody since John McEnroe has found."
 
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Clay lover

Hall of Fame
Gonzo and Blake all the way. Mariano Puerta impressed me with his in the French Open 2 years ago, too but he may be doping.
 

flyer

Hall of Fame
How about that forhand Gonzo hit at Shanghai when he beat Federer on a return of serve, thats the fastest/hardest forhand I have ever seen, Federer didn't even move...he wasn't even done his service motion and the ball was already by him
 

MaxT

Rookie
There is a difference between a fastest ball, fastest racquet head speed, and fastest hand. It depends on power, spin and reaction time.

Measuring sheer power has no meaning, I say Fed has the fastest reaction time.
 
Blake and Gonzo, but with Federer's technique, I think he could hit it the hardest if he wanted.

There is just far less desperation in Federer's game than those other two guys.
 

latinking

Professional
I think Gonzo has the nastiest forehand. Blake hits huge but its so flat. Fed hits huge too, he has pin point accuracy.

Sepicial mention to Tursonov and Verdasco!! Both really huge as well.

Juan Carlos Ferro pretty big too, he went forehand to forehand with Blake at Wimbeldon and won most of those battles!!
 

Jonnyf

Legend
Well Roddick believes that the best in the game is Verdasco. However, I think Blake's fh is huge especially on the average rally and Monfils's 120mph forehand
 

tenniko

Semi-Pro
they all have great fast forehands, but the characters of the forehand is a little different


federer has the most accurate forehand (and running crosscourt forehand)
blake has the biggest flat forehands
nadal n andreev have the best 'heavy' (spin/clay) forehands
gonzalez has the biggest forehand (if time permits)
 

127mph

Semi-Pro
I've seen some ones in the 100's from Verdasco. His forehand is so great, basically a left handed Federer when he hits through it.
 

FedForGOAT

Professional
Fastest, probably Blake and gonzo. Federer usually puts more spin on his but he can rip it too. I'd say Gonzo is the biggest, but he doesn;t keep it in, which is why Federer's is the best.
 
fastest maybe Tursunov. Or Sampras, even now ;-) Tursunov's forehand many times last year was very impressive. I remember in Montreal his forehand was clearly a little faster than Federer's, whose forehand I think come close in this ranking, maybe the second best.
For younger players, maybe Gulbis has the fastest one.
c.
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
I have a video of Blake returning a 113 mph serve for a winner right at the server, and the ball is arguably coming over faster than the serve itself. I'll upload it to Youtube in an hour.

I'd like to add Tursunov. The guy crushes the ball without even sweating.
 

CAM178

Hall of Fame
Gonzo has the biggest, IMO. I am not saying the best, as that implies so much more. But he for sure has the biggest.

Verdasco is probably #2 for me. If he rips it, it's one of the biggest I've ever seen. When he played Joker at the FO '07, they got into a couple of rallies where FerVer just took over and flat out overpowered Joker. Joker just looked at his box, raised his eyebrows, and shrugged his shoulders as if to say 'What do I do against THAT?!'

Baghy is another one who can fire a flat cannon when the need arises. Nalby can, too.

For outright power, it's a toss-up between Gonzo and FerVer.
 

FedForGOAT

Professional
Yeah, but Verdasco doesn't always hit it flat. he always has a lot of power, but sometimes its translated as topspin. but he can rip it when he needs to.
 

HLM2

Rookie
Iv heard about Andreev's huge forehands but can't find any decent clips of him hitting a huge one- only youtube video wasnt that impressive, anyone have any?
 

A.Davidson

Semi-Pro
What about Igor Andreev? This is another guy who hits a monster topspin forehand with some serious weight.
Just what I was thinking. Because of his general lack of success on non-clay courts, he may not be in consideration, but you can't deny that his spin is ferocious.
 
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