Hi all, This relates to a little article I read at www.hi-techtennis.com. I'm taking the liberty to copy/paste this text below for the reader's convenience, but the source is http://www.hi-techtennis.com/forehand/buttcap.php , where the accompanying photo's etc. can also be found. So what is this about? I've read many times (including on these boards) that in hitting a forehand (groundstroke) you should use a relatively vertical swing path in your forward swing, esp. with a view to creating topspin. Or as the article quoted below puts it: "An extremely popular "tip" is to get the racket two, even three feet below the ball to generate topspin." According to the article, however, this tip "is an enormous misconception and causes all kinds of problems." Instead, the article asserts, "at this stage [?] of the forehand, the racket should be parallel to the ground and in line with the flight path of the ball (or just a few inches below the flight path of the ball)." It also says that at this point "the butt cap [should be] pointing towards the net" (the latter quote from a caption in a photo). So basically, my question is whether the article is correct in its firm rejection of the vertical swingpath, and in the alternative it proposes? Also, is this article's advice sound for all forehands? Or rather, only for "flat" forehands, as opposed to heavy topspin ones? That is perhaps the most pertinent issue. (And perhaps as a bit of a side issue, is the butt-cap-pointing-towards-the-net advice considered valid even by those advocating a vertical swingpath? And if so, at what point exactly should the butt cap point towards the net?) Very interested in your opinions! Here is the article's full text (as I said, the accompanying pics, which are referred to in the text, can be found on the URL I mentioned above). [Underlining is mine, bold fond is original.] Key Forehand Position You can't see this position with your eyes. If you watch a player hitting the ball, this moment in time is just a blur. High speed video, however, reveals a key arm/racket orientation at this moment that is shared by all top hitters. Let's look at this position carefully, and see what is entails. Then we will look at a 4.0 player, a 4.5 player, and a 5.0 player that I worked with to see how they look in this key position. First, all these professionals have the butt cap of the racket pointing at the net when their hand is around their right hip. This causes the racket to be completely parallel to the side fence. What is a bit surprising here is that the racket is level with the flight path of the ball. An extremely popular "tip" is to get the racket two, even three feet below the ball to generate topspin. This is an enormous misconception and causes all kinds of problems. At this stage of the forehand, the racket should be parallel to the ground and in line with the flight path of the ball (or just a few inches below the flight path of the ball). Not only do most people lower the racket too low below the flight path of the ball, they also drop the wrist and racket way below the forearm, causing the racket to tilt down towards the ground. This prevents them from driving through the ball properly. If the butt cap of your racket is a flash light, shine the light straight at the incoming ball. Don't shine the light up towards the ball.