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    It goes without saying that Roger Federer has the most consistent forehand on the ATP World Tour. But, Rafael Nadal’s top spin gives him the greatest margin of error. In my personal opinion, the greatest forehand in the tennis game to model as your own, is Novak Djokovic. I hate to say it because I am personally not a fan of Nole. I in fact despise him, but if you are looking for the easiest form on your wist and arm, while still getting those powerful and consistent hits, there is no one better to copy. Roger, while being my favourite player, to copy him would require impeccable timing, constant eye on the ball, and amazing wrist strength and flexability. Rafa has the most spinny ball, but that also requires timing, and you will destroy your wrist very quickly if not done correctly. Novak has the easiest follow through, the calmest wrist and arm, and there its a lot of margin for error, because it’s just any easy swipe across the body. His forehand is very simple; high, low, hit, above the shoulder finish. Done. If you are a club our beginner or whatever, find a video of it in slow motion, and just copy the swing pattern, grip, and follow through. If you’re looking for a more intense challenge, then I suggest the RF or Rafa style, but only once you’ve gotten the basics down.


    Monfils and Del Portro have great forehands to model as well


    Destroyed my elbow (golfer elbow) with an improper follow through with a continental grip. Now into weeks of rehab if not months. I hope to adopt an eastern forehand grip to ease the point of impact and follow through to the shoulder. Any suggestions are welcome to avoid reinjury which would be devastating because it means surgery and at my age…63….probably not a good prospect.


    If you are 63, it means that a lot has been changed in the game of tennis since you first started playing. Based off the information, you have given me I am led to believe that the problem stems not so much from the follow through, but that you might be using your arm to hit the ball instead of your hips. It used to be taught that you keep your arm and wrist straight as you swung through the ball. But today’s players really don’t use their arms to generate much power. They instead use the rotation of their hips to generate power and just allow their arms to follow through too the ball.

    I would suggest you take a few tennis lessons from someone to evaluate your stroke to make sure you are not putting any unnecessary strain on your arm. Because just changing your grip and follow through is probably not going to relieve you of this injury.

    You can also look into buying a more forgiving racquet as well as using a softer string such as a multifilament or synthetic gut to help take some of the strain off your arm.


    Elbow, new grip. I think you will find using the eastern forehand grip will increase your confidence. Just for grins, because it worked for me, point your index finger at the ground through the stroke. I found taking the index finger out of play on forehands eliminated flipping the racket. See how if feels champ. We have got to get you back on the court!



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