So Federer’s got the racket back here,
swings it forward to make ball contact, makes ball contact, and now what’s the
follow they’re going to be like? You might think it’s just a continuation of
that swing — like you just follow through like that, right? The problem with that swing is, that, if you miss-time the ball, you have a similar problem to, if you try and wrist roll over, to, like it starts, if have a Continental grip and try and
wrist roll to contact the vertical racket face, then you overdo it or underdo it, timing-wise — doing this, you have the same timing issue — if you do this, and you hit it, and you hit it in the right spot — that’s cool. So if you swing like this, and you miss-time it, the, the problem becomes, if you hit it and the ball’s slower than you
expect, you’ll hit it here, and guess what, your racket’s pointing up again — open face, hit it hard, hit it long, over the fence. So you don’t want to follow-through like this. That seems like a natural thing to do, but natural doesn’t work in this case.
What Federer does, when he gets to the point where he’s nearing ball contact, instead of doing this — he actually changes the, the way he’s, he is, he’s moving his wrist, so instead of like this, he starts doing this — he starts doing this. So if seen from the side — so he’s coming forward, he’s coming forward, and then when he gets near the racket, ball cont… Racket and ball contact, he starts doing this. Now if he miss-times it, instead of hitting it here, where he’s planning, if it hits it here,
the racket face is still vertical. He does this, and he hits, instead of hitting it here, he hits it here — the racket’s not vertical there. If you do this, the racket stays vertical. This is called the “windshield-wiper” follow-through. And why is that? When you see it from here, so you can see a windshield-wiper? You know, so he comes, like here, like a child swing, but near contact he
switches over from this swing, to this swing — it looks like this. Now, you don’t want to have a huge amount of this, at contact, and none of this. You need to have this motion, where it’s
going out towards where you trying to hit the ball, to get punch, to punch the ball — to
get power into the ball; but you can’t continue with that, because you miss-
time it, you hit it wild — way too high. So here, you do this, and then you, you want to make sure you’re still punching as you do the windshield-wiper — it’s got to be both. You can experiment with that, to see how much windshield-wiper you need, and how much punch. If you find the ball is going 10 feet, 12 feet over the net — you’ve got too much windshield-wiper. If you find the ball is going into the net, you’re not getting enough low-to-high — you’re not getting enough low-to-high — enough vertical rise — enough windshield-wiper, to get the ball to go over the net. Let’s see if I can demonstrate. [Don’t copy me — my forehand still needed work at this point — my racket gets too high during the backswing.]

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