A good model for the serve...

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  1. gzhpcu

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    I find that the Pancho Gonzalez serve is great to model after. Yes, in those days you had to keep at least one foot in contact with the ground on serving. I find this helps to concentrate on the essentials, minus the jumping, and is easier to copy. The jumping can always be added later. His arm action is great - forearm pronation, elegant style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyhFo3hvGPI&feature=player_embedded
     
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  2. xcourt4hand

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    yeah, looks good - and what about the size of the raquet head? Must be about 60 in sq!
     
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  3. LeeD

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    I say NAY !
    His takeback is too circular, his trophy basically non existent, his path not direct. And you can't just ADD legs and drive, you need to learn it from the start.
    He had a good serve for 1960's. It's a bad serve now. He was tall and athletic, so hit harder than most of his contemporaries.
    You want a 6'3" model serve, go ColinDibley, a shorter DJ, a shorter Fed, Sampras, Haas, copy them.
     
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  4. gzhpcu

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    Jim McLennan, of Tennisone, has another opinion:

     
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  5. Ripper014

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    I like this service motion... it is continuous... with a short ball toss and how can you argue with some of the best that ever played that say it was a great serve.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    You can compare Gonzalez's serve to Fed and Sampras.
    You will never compare the Fed/Sampras/DJ serve to Gonazalez.
    G's serve was nothing compared to the above.
    The above's serves were and are worlds better.
    Author just has hero worship or doesn't know modern tennis.
    I don't worship anyone, and only results count.
     
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  7. Solat

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    its fluid, he has a very good separation of hand from shoulder

    he doesn't pull his front arm down and in but this is probably related to the fact he isn't allowed to jump

    Stich, Kraijeck, Jochim Johansson all have quality motions if you favour the pinpoint stance
     
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  8. LeeD

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    ..and all 2-4" TALLER than Pancho.... JJ is 6'6".
     
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  9. cl76

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    PG's serve works well for him. Be inspired or influenced by his style. Learn something from it but understand that what you see is the result of many years of practice. You couldn't simply imitate it and get the same results.
     
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  10. papa

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    You like it, stay with it - in my book, its technically sound even by today's standards/players. I think you chose a good model.
     
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    Andy Roddick. Most efficient motion i have ever seen..
     
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  12. Bungalo Bill

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    Yes, that is okay. And as a player develops improvement on folding in that non-dominant arm sooner also can be recommended.
     
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    it sucks , no power..in that ..:(
     
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  14. papa

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    Well, it is what it is - better than most who play the game today.

    However, improvements in racquet technology, player conditioning, shoes, balls, court surfaces, etc. have changed all strokes to some degree. Not as much as some might think but they have changed and will continue to do so as long as the game is played. Just the introduction of the new net design/material (currently being used at the Masters) and modifying the let rule might/will/could effect the serve. Look what might have happened if the bigger ball had greater acceptance or the second serve eliminated altogether.

    So, the model he chose is what it is and it really is pretty good. He gets himself serving this good and who knows what might develop.
     
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  15. LeeD

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    I say nay to PG's serve, but it was the dominant serve in it's day.
    I also say NAY to Roddick's serve, another fast mover. His serve cannot be replicated by any other human being at his tennis level.
    I think something closer to stiffs like StanSmith, PeterKorda, StefanEdbergs, can easily be copied and effective by ANYONE who's above 4.0.
    Edbergs would lose out on pure speed, of course, but for a twist/kick type of serve, only Cash and Rafter were close.
    Stan and Korda were practically mirror images of the same simple KISS serve.
     
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    Gustavo Kuerten
     
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