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Headshotterer
01-10-2009, 07:07 PM
Some people say the motion is like throwing a ball, others say you point your elbow up and hold the racket down along your body

SystemicAnomaly
01-10-2009, 07:32 PM
Take a look at these pages from FYB:

The Racket Drop - Similarities with Throwing Motion (http://revver.com/video/416273/the-racket-drop-similarities-with-throwing-motion/)

Tennis Serve - Trophy Pose to Racket Drop (http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/videos/index.php/view/958/248/Trophy_Pose_to_Racket_Drop)

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oneguy21
01-10-2009, 07:51 PM
FYB videos are the best! It would be even better if that guy had a sense of humor.

SystemicAnomaly
01-10-2009, 09:20 PM
FYB videos are the best! It would be even better if that guy had a sense of humor.

Have seen a bit of evidence of a sense of humor in some of his posts in this forum. However, I don't think that it is all that important that Will displays it in his videos -- his presentations are already very engaging/interesting w/o resorting to humor. If you need a humor fix, try digging up some old videos of Vic Braden. Can't think of anyone else off-hand uses much humor for tennis instruction.

Some people say the motion is like throwing a ball, others say you point your elbow up and hold the racket down along your body

Would not point your elbow up to drop the racket head. It does begin to movie upward (& forward) as the racket head drops tho'. I prefer to think of the service motion as a blended throwing motion -- a blend of 2 throwing actions -- the first throwing action is upward (to produce a good racket drops); the 2nd action is a throw that is both upward and forward to contact & launch the ball up & over then net.

Take a looks at Will's racket throwing demo to see what I mean by this blend of 2 throws.

StumpyDaMooseGod
01-10-2009, 09:37 PM
Thanks for starting this topic because I needed help on this too. I didn't understand the how to get the racquet pointing at the ground. That FYB video with the racquet throwing in the park is awesome. =)

wihamilton
01-10-2009, 10:55 PM
FYB videos are the best! It would be even better if that guy had a sense of humor.

Heh. I anticipated that I'd get some "this guy has no sense of humor" commentary based on how we construct videos. We made a conscious decision to leave out jokes. We assumed people would watch and re-watch a particular video when trying to learn a particular shot and that it would get really annoying to hear the same joke over and over. IRL I think to think I have a $$$ sense of humor. However, my parents would strongly disagree with that assertion.

Let me present my comedy credentials in the form of youtube videos I find amusing.

X-factor (American Idol predecessor) barbie girl song -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKaIK6OAEhA

GI Joe PSA remake -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh-F62TfVYs

Italian Spiderman. A little weird but pretty solid -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhHhXukovMU

Invisible Rope -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_15G4Y11dY

There are a million more but I'm blanking atm. It's 2 am and my brain is fried from hours of watching football.

Finally, you haven't seen the two commercials we made?

Promotional Giveaway -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXw1of8usu4

Cutting-Edge Technologies -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I09rURJE8ME

DJG
01-11-2009, 12:01 AM
Heh. I anticipated that I'd get some "this guy has no sense of humor" commentary based on how we construct videos. We made a conscious decision to leave out jokes. We assumed people would watch and re-watch a particular video when trying to learn a particular shot and that it would get really annoying to hear the same joke over and over.

Indeed. The FYB commercials do show that you have some vague resemblance to a sense of humour though ;)

wihamilton
01-11-2009, 04:20 AM
Well as long as I'm in the vicinity...

Element54
01-11-2009, 05:25 AM
Finally, you haven't seen the two commercials we made?

Promotional Giveaway -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXw1of8usu4

Cutting-Edge Technologies -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I09rURJE8ME

I've seen them before and their really funny in a "serious" kind of way lol.

wihamilton
01-11-2009, 12:08 PM
Meh guess I can't win.

Headshotterer
01-11-2009, 03:50 PM
hmm i tried it and all of my serves went long

oneguy21
01-11-2009, 07:03 PM
hmm i tried it and all of my serves went long

If you post a video, people can quickly find out what the problem is.

Djokovicfan4life
01-11-2009, 07:10 PM
What you need to focus on to get the correct racquet drop is the "L" position. It looks like this:

http://z.about.com/d/tennis/1/5/N/E/05.jpg

Notice how the arm forms an imaginary "L" and the tossing arm points straight up toward the sky. If you can achieve this position every time then the swing will take care of itself. As your tossing arm drops down to swing at the ball, your elbow will automatically drive upwards, which will give you the perfect racquet drop. Your trophy position is the key to this.

GeorgeLucas
01-11-2009, 07:14 PM
What you need to focus on to get the correct racquet drop is the "L" position. If you can achieve this position every time then the swing will take care of itself. It looks like this:

http://z.about.com/d/tennis/1/5/N/E/05.jpg

Notice how the arm forms an imaginary "L" and the tossing arm points straight up toward the sky. This is the key to the racquet drop, a solid trophy position.

bend your knees more :/