Bungalo Bill... others... serve help

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by ucd_ace, May 4, 2004.

  1. ucd_ace

    ucd_ace Semi-Pro

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    What do you think of the kind of abbreviated arm motion that Roddick uses where he doesn't bring his racquet down and back up but just keeps it up?

    I've screwed around with it but I'm afraid to try and develop it knowing that it might be something that's widely rejected for the average tennis player.
     
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  2. Morpheus

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    Take a look at Federer or Henman. You'd be better off emunlating their motions. Fed has a great, smooth swing and Henman's really got a great knee bend.
     
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  3. Verbal_Kint

    Verbal_Kint Rookie

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    Nothing wrong with an abbreviated backswing IMO. I can feel a small difference in my shoulder when I compare both types of takeback. The abbreviated one seems to take a lot more energy and doesn't fit my timing, so I use a complete backswing.

    Marnix
     
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  4. ucd_ace

    ucd_ace Semi-Pro

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    Yeah, I know... I'm definately not trying to emulate Roddick... I'd no sooner sell my soul to the devil. I was just wondering if there were any pro's or con's and what it's thought of by those who know the game the best.
     
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  5. Kobble

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    I remember when I tried to copy the Roddick motion. You want know what happened when I reviewed the tape, it was nothing like his, but it was great. It turned out to be exactly what I thought I was doing before. Sometimes a shorter feeling motion can create more power for some people. It felt like it put more emphasis on the pronation, and allowed me to create more leverage at contact. I had a feeling that energy was being being conserved until the very last moment.
     
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  6. Camilio Pascual

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    I use an abbreviated arm motion and keep my racquet up. It complements my low ball toss and I hit dead center more often. The guys in the league say that it is either hard to read where my serve is going or that there is too little time to adjust if they do think they know. I find the timing to be very simple and easy with this motion.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Nothing wrong with Roddicks motion. Usually when people use an abbreviated motion it is because someone along the way told the player they have a hitch in their swing and the racquet momentum slowed down when it should have been speeding up somewhere in the swing.

    So why not just start a little after this pause and save the energy.

    Also, if you look at when Roddick hits the ball you will see it is very near its climax from the ball toss. Very efficient in my opinion. Because the ball suspends itself for a long time during the time the ball reaches its climax, Roddick can really wind up and get his shoulder, legs, chest, stomach and his weight right into that suspended in mid-air ball.

    I use an abbreviated swing as well and love it. Just have to be sure you open the shoulders a little.
     
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  8. bravestennis

    bravestennis Rookie

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    i know my coach teaches it to the rookie girls becuase less motion makes it easier to hit serves. I sometimes do it if the service box looks the size of a book.
     
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