Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by darthpanda, Apr 13, 2014.
You have some fundamental issues with your timing and form. From watching just a few serves, the most glaring was that you were pausing in the racket drop rather than having a flowing motion from trophy to contact.
Such a pause is equivalent to a huge hitch in your motion, that is destroying most of your potential stretch shortening cycles. You want to try throwing an old racket up in the air, or using a tennis ball in a long sock to get a feeling for a throwing motion with the proper timing.
Do you throw a football? Because the motion of a proper serve is similar.
Try to find a coach.
...take a look at youtube video's of pro's serving and put it next to yours, the differences should be obvious.
improvements to serve video
On just the video quality -
1) camera has a fast shutter in bright sunlight, not much motion blur - a big plus
2) your image is too small, place camera close behind looking along the ball's trajectory.
3) frame rate is too low to show the fastest motions of the serve just before impact, but there is a lot of information especially on slower movements.
I assume that the camera was protected and looking through a hole in the fence. ?
Some comments on videoing the serve. Use the Search box above and select "Find Posts" : camera behind Chas Tennis
Replies include some details on camera placement and getting the most out of 30 & 60 fps video cameras and serve video analysis.
Try and work on a continous motion....there is a great video by Florian Mayer on serving with a fluid motion. A google search should be able to find it.
Looks a lot better than LeeD's serve video.
hey all, thanks for the tips, I will try to improve (trophy position and removing the hitch) the serve
MBM, you're just showing what a FOOL you are, but keep it up, we need dummies on this board too.
OP, you CAN hesitate, but you would want to hesitate with your racket pointing straight up at the sky, hand much lower, for a trophy position.
Look at the ATP logo. Toss hand high, racket hand at right ear, shoulder's tilted, hips fowards, knees bend, and hesitation is OK..
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