Need help with my Serve!

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by acer, May 27, 2004.

  1. acer

    acer Rookie

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    I am a 4.0 player. I recently had an arm injury playing football which gave me golfer's elbow. So when I served, my arm hurt. Even after my arm healed a bit, it was still was quite sore during serving, a guy on the chat board recommended changing racquets. I used to use a Dunlop Adrenalin Surge 108 (27.5 inches long and head light). He said that this racquet gave him arm problems even though it was rated # 1 for arm safety by racquet research. So I switched to an even older model, a Prince Thunderlite Oversize. This racquet is also head light but is 28 inches long. My arm is healing with the help of a brace but I can't generate the same amount of power on my serve with the Prince as I could with the Dunlop. This seems odd as the USTA rated the Prince Thunderlite as being more powerful than the Dunlop Surge. Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Acer
     
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  2. andreh

    andreh Professional

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    Hard to say. You shouldn't assume it all about the racquet. Maybe there's some lapse in your technique that could be worked on. Otherwise, heavy and flexible transmitt less shock to the arm, light and stiff transfers more.
     
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  3. chadw01

    chadw01 New User

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    You're pronating your wrist and not holding the racquet like a frying pan when you serve, right?

    You're 4.0.. but I thought I would ask.
     
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  4. acer

    acer Rookie

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    Thanks for the replies. ChadW01, to answer your question, I do have alot of natural pronation and I use a backhand grip. The natural pronation actually mimics me throwing a football which is how I hurt my arm in the first place. My tennis brace actually helps alleviate the problem. I actually went to the court to hit serves yesterday, I tried my old racquet and the power difference was very noticeable. I guess, in my case, it is the racquet that made the difference as I have not changed my service motion. The only problem is that my old racquet makes my arm sore. This golfers elbow sucks.

    Thanks again for the input.
     
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