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An answer to both questions:
Originally Posted by 03White
1. The women tend to hold onto proper technique. Not that the men do not have great technique, but they alter it according to how they like to play, etc. With the western and semi-western grip, the open stance has come into play and it is the choice of nearly all of the men players. Many of the women still step into the court or into the ball and close their stance off which is the more traditional way. Both work well, but the open stance is better in my opinion as it allows the weight to stay back until the swing and it takes less time to set up for as you don't have to be in perfect position and has the one less step (you don't have to step into the court like the traditional "step into the ball" stroke".
2. The wrist should never slap at the ball. It should release into the ball. Watch Gael Monfils or Federer hit their forehand. It will make sense to you then. Youtube them.
Never "snap" your wrists on forehands, backhands, or serves.
Instead, the wrist is the HINGE that forms the pivot point from prep to followthru, with the strikepoint right in the middle.
Snapping implies using the forearm muscles to force the racket to move faster thru the stroke. That is incorrect technique.
Really good way to look at it. And on forehands, the wrist should be completely stationary.
Originally Posted by LeeD
Take your racquet out and lock your wrist and swing. It can't be done that way. The wrist will always release into the contact point before turning over. The wrist will go from being laid back to almost neutral through the swing. Seriously, give it a shadow stroke or two and see what you think. The wrist always releases into the stroke. It can't be locked and stationary. Get on youtube and watch Monfils and Federer hit their forehands. They drag the buttcap into the ball and then watch what happens. The wrist never, ever locks..........(It doesn't fishtail or slap at the ball either.)
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