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  1. Djokovicfan4life

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    http://youtu.be/qPTiK_AcZyg






    Not bad IMO, but lots of work to do. Wrote a little self assessment/analysis in the video description.
     
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  2. Moz

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    I'm not an expert but the obvious thing would be that you are contacting the ball as you are coming down. I presume this is what you meant by point 1 in the text beneath your video.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. OldFedIsOld

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    Why are you landing with your right foot? If your opponent returns it back to you with pace you won't be able to get into ready position as easily as you would landing left foot.
     
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  4. Djokovicfan4life

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    Moz, you are absolutely correct. The leg drive and arm swing are slightly mistimed, so I'm not hitting up as much as I should. This is because my coach and I decided to focus mostly on the upper body motion first to really get the throwing mechanics down first.

    Oldfedisold: This video was shot in a very casual hit, mostly to test out my iPod's camera. I had hit 10-15 serves max, so I wasn't going all out. But you're right, as I learn to explode upwards more I'll have a more pronounced finish on the left leg. If you watch carefully you can see that the weight is actually transferred to the left leg at contact, just not as efficiently and effectively as it should be.


    Thanks guys.
     
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  5. Djokovicfan4life

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    How do I get a still shot from the video to show up on here? Donde esta CharlieFederer?

    The one very encouraging thing I saw in this video is that my right shoulder appears to be fairly flexible, which is a must for the Sampras style serve.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Seems to me like you throw your legs out to the right net post, or right service line, while you compensate by holding your upper body back to the left, so you lean well left when landing, making for a sorta direct line to your target, but a circuitous path. Shortest distance would be a straight line.
    You also seem to not fully pronate. That conti grip, on the eForehand side slightly, but hit with slice.
    The timing is weird, but it might have to do with the higher toss than you need. You motion is ready to hit, but the ball is still up there.
    If you could stop your wandering trophy position, your right hand wandering from way low to a too high trophy, you might be able to hit upwards at the ball completing your swing as you hit the ball.
     
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  7. anubis

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    Your right hand/wrist needs to be "closed" all the way as you raise your arm, so that as you get into the trophy position, your sort of giving a typical military salute with your racquet. meaning, your right hand/wrist needs to be facing the ground as you lift your arm.

    Then, when you exit the trophy position, you're not flapping your wrist from front to back, which causes errors and lacks power.
     
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