- ETI 033 Throwing versus the Pendulum
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Consider the elements in a strong and fluid overhand throw – and how the actions of the hand and elbow can be used or even copied in the modern forehand as well as certainly the serve.
Once when racquets were heavy and wooden, we could see (and still see now and then) a type of pendulum swing – back and forth with little whip or acceleration. Interestingly McEnroe still uses such a forehand to truly devastating effect.
But the modern forehand is an entirely different concept – and the palm down elbow leading on the backswing, immediate reversal where where the elbow leads the palm on the forward swing looks identical to throwing.
Which do you favor? Can you do both? If so which do you use and when?