How do you do racket head drop

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  1. Headshotterer

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    Some people say the motion is like throwing a ball, others say you point your elbow up and hold the racket down along your body
     
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    FYB videos are the best! It would be even better if that guy had a sense of humor.
     
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    Have seen a bit of evidence of a sense of humor in some of his posts in this forum. However, I don't think that it is all that important that Will displays it in his videos -- his presentations are already very engaging/interesting w/o resorting to humor. If you need a humor fix, try digging up some old videos of Vic Braden. Can't think of anyone else off-hand uses much humor for tennis instruction.

    Would not point your elbow up to drop the racket head. It does begin to movie upward (& forward) as the racket head drops tho'. I prefer to think of the service motion as a blended throwing motion -- a blend of 2 throwing actions -- the first throwing action is upward (to produce a good racket drops); the 2nd action is a throw that is both upward and forward to contact & launch the ball up & over then net.

    Take a looks at Will's racket throwing demo to see what I mean by this blend of 2 throws.
     
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  5. StumpyDaMooseGod

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    Thanks for starting this topic because I needed help on this too. I didn't understand the how to get the racquet pointing at the ground. That FYB video with the racquet throwing in the park is awesome. =)
     
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    Heh. I anticipated that I'd get some "this guy has no sense of humor" commentary based on how we construct videos. We made a conscious decision to leave out jokes. We assumed people would watch and re-watch a particular video when trying to learn a particular shot and that it would get really annoying to hear the same joke over and over. IRL I think to think I have a $$$ sense of humor. However, my parents would strongly disagree with that assertion.

    Let me present my comedy credentials in the form of youtube videos I find amusing.

    X-factor (American Idol predecessor) barbie girl song -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKaIK6OAEhA

    GI Joe PSA remake -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh-F62TfVYs

    Italian Spiderman. A little weird but pretty solid -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhHhXukovMU

    Invisible Rope -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_15G4Y11dY

    There are a million more but I'm blanking atm. It's 2 am and my brain is fried from hours of watching football.

    Finally, you haven't seen the two commercials we made?

    Promotional Giveaway -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXw1of8usu4

    Cutting-Edge Technologies -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I09rURJE8ME
     
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    Indeed. The FYB commercials do show that you have some vague resemblance to a sense of humour though ;)
     
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    Well as long as I'm in the vicinity...
     
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  10. wihamilton

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    Meh guess I can't win.
     
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  11. Headshotterer

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    hmm i tried it and all of my serves went long
     
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    If you post a video, people can quickly find out what the problem is.
     
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  13. Djokovicfan4life

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    What you need to focus on to get the correct racquet drop is the "L" position. It looks like this:

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    Notice how the arm forms an imaginary "L" and the tossing arm points straight up toward the sky. If you can achieve this position every time then the swing will take care of itself. As your tossing arm drops down to swing at the ball, your elbow will automatically drive upwards, which will give you the perfect racquet drop. Your trophy position is the key to this.
     
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  14. GeorgeLucas

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    bend your knees more :/
     
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