How to teach pronation?

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  1. pkil

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    I have a player at the moment I am coaching. We are working on his serve, his takeback and trophy is all good but on the follow through his whole arm goes through in one swing, rather than the arm bending over on itself from the elbow (pronation).

    I have been trying to get him to throw tennis balls like a baseball player and get the feeling of the arm pronating over.

    I have had him stand straight on at the net and just toss the ball and work on just pronating his arm to generate all the power.

    He is not getting the separation of the arm where the elbow folds over like Sampras or all good servers do.

    Any tips on how to help him get this feeling?
     
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    the whole arm will turn inward not just the forearm. basically there is both ISR and pronation.

    just turn the thumb down on follow through and you will be fine.
     
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    In order to simulate the racquet arm motion, you need to pitch up-, not just forward. In conjunction with the shoulder rotation, the toss should result in a ball trajectory resembling a medium high, short lob that, if thrown from the BL, bounces in the opposite court's service box area.

    Best to practice the toss without rotation first to isolate the arm motion, then take things step by step all the way into a full service motion. Once they have that down, just for fun, give your student a second ball, have them do a service toss, and try hitting that ball with their pitch:twisted:
     
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    What time is it is an excellent demonstration.
    And of course, hold continental grip, have him/her hit FLAT serves without regripping during the swing.
     
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  7. GuyClinch

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    Tons of stuff on youtube.. Feeltennis.net has a new article on how to learn it BTW.

    Though almost all these pros need to start using the world 'internal shoulder rotation' not just pronation.

    The Peter McGraw drill on youtube is pretty good too..
     
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