Ache stiffness around shoulder after serving

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  1. Chillaxer

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    What service technique is best for minimising the amount your body starts to stiffen and feel it after. Because I am having this problem a bit, and to me, a serve is a serve.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Correct, smooth flowing, smooth swinging technique.
    Try throwing a ball. is a throw a throw?
    Try lifting a 4x10' sheet of sheetrock. Lifting is lifting?
     
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  3. mikeler

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    You could try starting your serve from the backscratch position. It worked for Jay Berger.
     
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  4. Chillaxer

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    It's just I have no view of myself, so basically can't analyse what I'm doing wrong. Might be not coming straight enough at it with enough topspin technique. Might be hitting just off the sweet spot and increasing stress that way.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Do you have friends who have watched you play tennis?
    What about your practice partners?
     
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  6. Chillaxer

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    No, I'm re-starting after only playing when I was younger. So people I would have played with not about. Just started practicing serves.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Use your camera phone + nice friend/coach to find out what is happening.
     
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  8. boramiNYC

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    make sure your upper body is tilted sideway so the shoulder is not straight up next to the head on contact. keep the elbow to the side of the torso the whole time. racquet should be going around the elbow which is on the side of your body. when the racquet arm comes too close to the head you will strain your shoulder and could cause injury. study serving videos and take a few lessons before you injure your shoulder.
     
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  9. Chas Tennis

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    See

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=429060&highlight=ellenbecker+shoulder+video

    See Reply #7. View the very thorough Todd Ellenbecker video on the shoulder. Especially look at minute 8 where he describes the shoulder posture to use when contacting the ball on the serve.

    If your present technique is impinging your shoulder you may not have much pain as you do damage. Your problem might not be impingement but it is a common problem that might be correctable using the video.

    When your shoulder is OK take a video of your service technique from behind so that you can clearly see the shoulder orientation discussed in the video. Compare your posture to the one recommended in the video. Use 60p fps if available and video in bright sunlight.

    If you have a DVR you can sometimes do stop action of tennis broadcasts and see this shoulder posture in all the pro serves. Press pause || to stop just before impact and then press || again to do stop action - it advances one frame per press of the || button.
     
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  10. Chillaxer

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    Thanks for the tips.
     
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