serve with 2 fingers

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  1. luvforty

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    only the thumb and the index finger on the grip... maybe with the middle finger barely touching.

    serve is flawed if cannot do the above.
     
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  2. TennisCJC

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    I can do the above and my serve is still flawed. Yes, I have done this drill. It helps with learning a loose grip and flowing motion. But, my serve still has flaws.
     
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  3. JW10S

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    This is true. I often have practiced and advise my players to practice this--the 1st 10-20 serves are hit with 2 fingers. Not only with just 2 fingers but at the very bottom of the handle. When serving the ball is hit out of your hand and not coming at you with force, so the impact with the ball is minimal and a tight grip is not needed. One should, given they have good technique, hit a pretty effective serve with just 2 fingers. Servers with poor technique will probably break a few racquets trying this. You will serve better gripping with your whole hand, but hitting with 2 fingers is a great test of your technique and a good practice method. Another serve trick I learned from John Newcombe, and one I use with my players now, is serving with your eyes closed. If you have a consistent ball toss and good rhythm and timing you should be able to serve with your eyes closed. Try it. I can serve with 2 fingers and my eyes closed--can you?
     
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  4. boramiNYC

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    jw, am I supposed to keep the rest of the three fingers closed or open?
     
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  5. luvforty

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    eyes closed.... gotta try that... i may just fall down before i swing lol.
     
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  6. JW10S

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    open......
     
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  7. TennisCJC

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    I actually use my thumb, index and middle fingers on the very end of racket and let the last 2 fingers hang off butt and open. Basically serving with thumb and 2 fingers on the handle.
     
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  8. Relinquis

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    just the tips, or the whole fingers?
     
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    oh, that sukker is gonna fly out if you only use the tips lol...... the centrifugal force feels great when you swing so loose.
     
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    To add a slight caveat to what others have said, you should be able to maintain your technique when using less fingers. If your technique changes then as Luv says, your technique is likely flawed (most probably you're muscling the ball).

    Cheers
     
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  11. Raul_SJ

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    What is the reason for dropping the other 3 fingers off the bottom of the handle?
     
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  12. LeeD

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    Not one person at any decent level serves with thumb and forefinger only, in match play.
    Very very few decent players serve using 2 fingers and a thumb.
    Very few players serve using 3 fingers and a thumb.
    You could serve standing on one foot too, but nobody else does it.
    One finger serve is a practice technique to work on a loose freeswinging racket head...only.
    It get's maybe 75% speed.
     
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    if you can't do this, you're flawed?
     
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  14. LeeD

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    I think everyone CAN serve with one finger, but why?
    It's only an excersise to remind yourself a tight grip is not needed to serve, but at least 3 fingers ARE needed when held loosely.
     
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  15. boramiNYC

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    def 3 fingers are a lot easier. with 2 fingers I'm sure the racquet will fly if I swing at normal speed. And I don't want to break a racquet.
     
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  16. Thud and blunder

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    Just don't try this in doubles until you've got it pretty much nailed down :)
     
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  17. TennisCJC

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    I start as slower speeds and work up. I probably don't ever go 90-100% speed but you can get some pop on the ball.
     
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  18. Relinquis

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    i tried this. interesting exercise, but not really something to incorporate into practice or matchplay.

    light grip FTW
     
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