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[tennisbiz] Loop vs. Straiight Back Swing on Groundstrokes

From: Alan Chandronnait <>
Date: Sat 4 Aug 2001 04:26:09 -0400

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Wow! Thanks everyone on the great responses.! I would like to throw some
thoughts out there and hear more from you guys. I am always looking for a
better understanding of the game--hunting for those paradigm shifts! Here

1. It is generally best for a person to develop the habit of a skill the way
they intend to continue completing that skill. To make changes, once the
habit is formed, can take more time and energy than even learning the skill
in the first place.

2. THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS! Currently, of the top professionals in the
world, 99% use some form of the loop swing on their one-handed forehand
groundstroke. I will step out on a limb! With the one handed topspin
backhand, currently 100% of the players use some form of the loop swing with
their stroke. Of the two-handed topspin backhands, 80% of the of the
players use some form of the loop in their stroke. It is closer to 95% with
the players that have the continental grip on their lower hand with the
two-handed backhands. I do not have the money to do extensive research but
this has been my observation. What is your observations?

3. There are three general ways of generating a loop swing. A rotation of
the forearm (small loop- Andre Agassi), a rotation of the forearm (medium
loop), rotation of the ball and socket joint of shoulder (large loop-
Davenport, Hewitt, Kuerten's backhand). Also,combinations of these.

I have some more but I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts
about these statements. Thanks!

Received on Mon Aug 06 2001 - 10:48:54 CDT

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