Published on 05/26/2017 by Brady

“Should your arm be straight or bent at contact?” is a common question many recreational players have. In today’s lesson Brady tackles this topic and much more.

19 comments

  • Angélique 1 month ago

    Hi Brady, thank a lot, yours videos are very good! I like it. Best regards from Switzerland!

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  • irving Ashkenasy 1 month ago

    I really enjoy you lessons and I will try to use them in my game.
    You make the lessons very easy to follow Keep these lessons coming
    Thank you for the time you put into these lessons

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  • Saulius Lithuania 2 months ago

    Hi,my friend, your teaching methods helped me first time to reach the semi final in Latvian senior tournament Grade 2

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Nice job Saulius! Keep it up.

  • Bruce 2 months ago

    Your videos are great, love your teaching methods, you have helped me improve my game a lot.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to hear that Bruce. Thanks for supporting my online coaching!

  • bill guilfoil 2 months ago

    from a 95 yearold hall of famer ok you kids your the future f tennis and its a always learn new things admire all of you Bill Guilfoil still a vwry active tennis and Olympian table tennis player 2016 70 year old and younger hurriedly Bill G

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Thanks for watching Bill!

  • Jane 2 months ago

    Tend to overrun the ball causing me to hit with a bent arm and to hit late. I’ll have to be more conscious of how I hit when I don’t overrun the ball. I believe I hit with a slight bend.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Yep that’s pretty common. Give your forehand plenty of room Jane!

  • Rick Herman 2 months ago

    Brady-Does the arm have anything to do w/ the grip? In the photo it looked like Djokovitch had an extreme Western grip, and Federer not as much. However I think Nadal has a severe western grip and he hits straight, so maybe not.
    I’ve had golfer’s elbow from tennis and paddle tennis, so was wondering if the straight arm may be hurting my elbow-putting more strain on it, but I’m not sure how straight my arm actually is. The symptom may be more of hitting late, so I like your idea of hitting in front of the left foot. Do you need to hit any more forward with an open stance?

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      You’re right that more western grips tend to have more bend but there are exceptions. Nadal is actually in a semi-western but still is very straight at contact. Hitting late and holding the racket too tight are the top two reasons for elbow problems. Whether you’re in an open or neutral stance, the contact point in relation to your left foot shouldn’t change much–however if you’re hitting down the line out of an open stance your contact will be slightly later.

  • Jussi Heikkinen 2 months ago

    I finally got my kick serve working yesterday and found it easier to concentrate on the next shot when expecting the serve to go in. I started actually hitting winners (not many but still) on both wings. I’m not a very good player, but these videos (kick serve, backhand, run around forehand) have helped me a great deal and I’m loving my tennis at the moment. This video was vital, since I really need to stick to one way of hitting instead of constantly changing my grip and swing.

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Happy to hear that you’re improving Jussi–keep it up!

  • Yehuda Avital 2 months ago

    I think when I hit with my arm bent it is easy to hit the windshield than with the straight arm

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      I agree, a windshield wiper forehand will be easier with a slight bend at contact.

  • Tom Barabas 2 months ago

    I’m not consistent I hit it both way ,now i have to watch bent or straight

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    • Brady
      Brady 2 months ago

      Do your way to stick with one way Tom. Most play with a little bend.

  • Bruce M. 2 months ago

    Great vid, now I have to figure out which is best for me and stick with it!

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