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Forehand = No Doubt Elorduey

Much of what we discuss about the history of Jai-Alai play is based on our own unique experience. On this subject though I've repeatedly heard both fans and those who played against him claim that Miami's Elorduey threw harder than any other player on the forehand. This is what I saw as a fan in the audience. What was unique and quite beautiful was that he would throw from 3/4 (opposed to side-arm) and easily pass, often wall to wall. Remen arguably threw the hardest forehand as a frontcourter. In more recent times I believe Elicegi and Irastorza blasted it from the right side as hard as anyone but Elecegi threw it hard on almost every throw.

The problem with throwing over-the-top or consistently 3/4 is the wear and tear on the actual shoulder joint and associated soft tissues. Almost by design Elorduey's career would probably have been limited to 10-15 years (about what it was) because of this wear and tear.

On the reverse / left-side there have been many hard throwers over the years - Lopez has consistently thrown the reverse as hard as anyone I have personally seen.


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