Advantages to the abbreviated serve takeback?

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  1. erik-the-red

    erik-the-red Semi-Pro

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    What are some pros of using a takeback a la:

    1. Andy Roddick
    2. Rafael Nadal
    3. Richard Gasquet
    4. Robby Ginepri
    5. Gael Monfils

    ?
     
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  2. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

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    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:)
     
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  3. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    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
     
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  4. erik-the-red

    erik-the-red Semi-Pro

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    What does it mean to open the shoulders?
     
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  5. Prince_of_Tennis

    Prince_of_Tennis Semi-Pro

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

    erik-the-red Semi-Pro

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    This is potentially an issue when using an abbreviated takeback?
     
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  7. Prince_of_Tennis

    Prince_of_Tennis Semi-Pro

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    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?
     
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  8. Bungalo Bill

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    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".
     
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