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Old 06-02-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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...bending the elbow at an angle at the takeback of a forehand? If you don't know what I'm talking about, Andy Roddick's forehand takeback is exactly what I'm talking about.

Anyway, I've been doing that for years, but my new coach is telling me to do differently. He says it's a bad habit, and to take the racquet back a more simple way. Is this necessary? You know, I have a lot going for me in tennis and I'm afraid to change anything. Especially my forehand, since it's my biggest and only weapon and I don't want it to be worse.

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Old 06-02-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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I think I'm doing the same thing as you. You can hit flatter and higher balls that way. But you can't spin your forehand properly. Hear out your coach, I suggest.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:40 AM   #3
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I think I'm doing the same thing as you. You can hit flatter and higher balls that way. But you can't spin your forehand properly. Hear out your coach, I suggest.
Dunno man, I felt the opposite. I feel like it's much easier to hit looping balls rather than flat. But I think the whole thing with a coach is trust. If I trust him and what he's doing for my game I'd stick with it - but I don't trust many people. I just fear change on my forehand side so much, it's my only weapon and if I don't have that, I have nothing.
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Well, anyway, simpler racquet takeback is probably good for anybody. I have no aspiration of becoming a pro, so I'm taking it more loosely but if you want great results then you should be open-minded I guess.
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Compact back swing, especially on the backhand side works well for me.
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