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imissjustine
09-28-2011, 08:39 AM
My tennis coach tried to explain to me that my racquet position is wrong in my serve trophy pose. Apparently my strings are facing up??It's a group class so we don't really get much one to one coaching. Can anyone explain where the strings are supposed to be facing so that I can concentrate on trying to correct it. Or any tips on how to get into the right trophy pose? I'm using a standard continental grip.

LeeD
09-28-2011, 09:20 AM
Are you sure it's a standard continental grip?
At the millisecond of trophy, and that can be moving but with a static, pivoting hand, the racket NEEDS to point straight up at the sky, directly above your head. NOT the strings, the racket.
You are probably pancaking with a efh side of conti grip.

mikeler
09-28-2011, 09:23 AM
Check out this link for an explanation of why your coach was trying to get you not to do this:

http://www.revolutionarytennis.com/step12_4.html

Limpinhitter
09-28-2011, 09:37 AM
My tennis coach tried to explain to me that my racquet position is wrong in my serve trophy pose. Apparently my strings are facing up??It's a group class so we don't really get much one to one coaching. Can anyone explain where the strings are supposed to be facing so that I can concentrate on trying to correct it. Or any tips on how to get into the right trophy pose? I'm using a standard continental grip.

The racquet face (hitting surface), should be facing the side fence at the peak of the toss. If the racquet face is pointing up, then you either have a forehand grip and/or you are laying your wrist back rather than having a slight curl in your wrist.

thug the bunny
09-28-2011, 09:44 AM
The string bed should be perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the ground before it drops behind the back and up to the ball.

SystemicAnomaly
09-28-2011, 02:47 PM
http://www.strength-and-power-for-volleyball.com/images/volleyball-genetics-tennis-serve.jpghttp://0.tqn.com/d/tennis/1/5/I/J/11_justine_henin_serve.jpg

It should be more of a trophy phase or trophy position rather than an actual pose. "Pose" implies that you freeze or stop your motion -- this is not true unless you have a very high "Steffi Graf" toss.

It sound like you are getting to a position that is known as the waiter's (tray) position or the pizza delivery position. Try to get the palm of your hand closer to vertical rather than horizontal at the trophy phase of your serve. Also, as the racket starts upward after the racket head drop (which is right after the trophy), the racket head should move up leading with the edge of the frame, not with the strings already open.
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TennisCJC
09-29-2011, 10:05 AM
Pictures above are classic.

I once read and use "put palm down at bottom of swing" to keep my racket closed. If your racket strings are pointing up, I would call that an open racket.

I use a longer arms down together, up together approach rather than the abbreviated arms up together like Roddick. With the longer swing and conti/ebh grip, the palm should be facing downward at the bottom of the "arms down together" phase. Then it comes up and the racket strings end up pointing toward the side fence - maybe a bit forward toward the net too but mostly toward the side fence.

imissjustine
10-02-2011, 02:59 PM
Check out this link for an explanation of why your coach was trying to get you not to do this:

http://www.revolutionarytennis.com/step12_4.html

Thanks so much - that is really helpful and explains very clearly what I need to do. Thanks everyone else for their tips too - very helpful advice.