I was doing a serving clinic the other day, and I noticed that two of my students were using an abbreviated serve. We were doing an individual critique demonstration, and one of the other students mentioned that it looked like there was a lack of momentum (continuation) in the student's abbreviated service take back. I stated that it was fine to have that type of motion, because she got to the trophy pose fine and that as long as you find your way to a good trophy pose that it was okay. Anyway, I was having a discussion with two of the other pros and they felt it was fine, but had certain advantages/disadvantages. The one advantage that we came up with right away was a more predictable serve - much loser toss and a quicker preparation before striking the ball. The one disadvantage that we came up with is the lack on continuation. with the traditional take back, you are using the momentum of the back swing to work with the rest of your body before striking the ball (the traditional kinetic chain). The conclusion that I personally came up with is that the abbreviated serve has its limitations when looking for spin (i.e. kick or slice serve). I would like to really get some feedback on this matter, as I would like to be able to pass accurate information on to my students instead of just assumptions that I came up with on my own. I have read some threads on this comparison, but I was hoping to get some more technical feedback in this one. Thanks.