Rebuilding my serve from the ground up

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  1. Mike2228

    Mike2228 Rookie

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    My serve has been missing in action ever since I tried to incorporate a jump, which i now realize is not something the pros do exactly. As should be expected it was a failed experiment. To make matters worse I never refound my consisent flat serve, that I almost always got in with decent power. So today when i go to the courts I'm going to act like its my first time ever serving. I'll assume I know nothing about where, and how high to toss the ball, how much power I can safely hit with and what kind of angles I have.

    Any way, how about some helpful tips and what not...:???:
     
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  2. federalprassi

    federalprassi Rookie

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    a GOOD high toss, bend the knees, and pronate the contact, something off the top of my head.
     
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  3. user92626

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    I dunno. I've heard all the generic advices such as the ones fed gave, but to me the hardest thing is to figure out how the racket face contacts the ball in the most powerful and replicable way. Figure that out and you'll get your serve in line. Everybody tosses, jumps, trophy poses, backswings, forwardswing, etc... differently.
     
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  4. Bud

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    Give the Cobra serve a try ;)
     
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  5. Mike2228

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    Thats exactly what I've been trying to reassertain.
     
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  6. DeShaun

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    Try searching for perfect physical balance while keeping yourself loose as possible. A couple of months ago I faced something similar to what you're now facing. Had got it stuck in my head that the many pieces of serving well all needed to be explored at once. Endless tinkering with my motion (which always had been fine) cost me a couple weeks of wondering if I ever was going to find what (I had only meant to set it aside for a moment) was starting to look like it had run away for good.
    You're probably skilled at keeping the torso, arm and wrist relaxed. So was I. After tinkering, though, I concluded this looseness should originate all the way down in my toes. And perfect physical balance was required to channel it upwards through the whole body: the bigger the elastic the more power it has when it snaps--an elastic of your whole body is bigger than one of just your torso, arm, and wrist. But as important as staying relaxed, I found, was the need for perfect balance on the feet/legs/hips. Good luck.
     
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  7. masterxfob

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    serve from one knee at the service line and gradually move back until you get a feel for the motion. you'll start with mostly spin serves, but once you get the 'feel' back, you can start attacking it more and then flatten it out. just realize that you're going to have to hit a few thousand serves.

    lol, what about the roddick serve?
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=344393
     
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  8. LeeD

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    Post vid of your crappy motion so we can rag on it.
     
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