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erik-the-red
10-16-2005, 04:51 PM
What are some pros of using a takeback a la:


Andy Roddick
Rafael Nadal
Richard Gasquet
Robby Ginepri
Gael Monfils


?

Marius_Hancu
10-16-2005, 04:58 PM
Tanner was great at it.

Advantages: simplicity and easier balance, less control req'd
Disadvantages: more explosiveness required, potential exagerated stress on the shoulder

might want to read:

Abbreviated Service Motion
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=63148

I am using it on windy days, with a lower toss:-)

Bungalo Bill
10-16-2005, 05:41 PM
What are some pros of using a takeback a la:

Andy Roddick
Rafael Nadal
Richard Gasquet
Robby Ginepri
Gael Monfils
?

Several advantages:

1. Lower toss

2. Easier to time

3. A very quick windup and forcefullness can be generated into the ball

Disadvantages:

1. Have to recruit more muscle to get the serve going quickly

2. Need to make sure you open the shoulders to avoid damaging that area over the long run.

3. Not everyone can get the timing of it

erik-the-red
10-16-2005, 06:20 PM
What does it mean to open the shoulders?

Prince_of_Tennis
10-16-2005, 06:58 PM
What does it mean to open the shoulders?

When strikin the ball, open your shoulders to the court. So your chest will be pointing towards the net.

erik-the-red
10-16-2005, 07:10 PM
This is potentially an issue when using an abbreviated takeback?

Prince_of_Tennis
10-16-2005, 07:17 PM
This is potentially an issue when using an abbreviated takeback?

What issue? I have a very quick serve motion but my swing is pretty loopy. If you want to try this service motion don't forget to use your legs and jump into the court. Some people have the talent to pull this off some don't.

Do you have a live arm?

Bungalo Bill
10-17-2005, 06:23 AM
What does it mean to open the shoulders?

It means to let the shoulders go back so your chest sticks out. The long traditional serve and its motion naturally helps the shoulders open due to its motion.

When you go up in the U type abbreviated serve, you need to make sure you open them as it is not as "automatic".