Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Barjeer, Aug 30, 2010.
any tips on how to improve my -1.0 serve?
cmon no comments??
Good choice of music
What's up with serving that far from the center? I could understand if it was doubles, but in singles?
Is this at Logan?
Because you can change the placement of the ball? Play with your opponent's mind? I can't even begin to tell you how many points I've gotten my moving far out wide, then serving down the line. Far our wide, a good kick for a first will throw your opponent a few yards off the court if they even get to it. I don't hit it as often as I should, but moving far out wide definitely has it's advantages.
Anyways, I don't see too much wrong with it, but you should definitely wait for some of the more experienced people to pick out your serve for you.
yea, seems pretty solid, maybe post a regular speed vid?
Pretty solid action overall.
My tip for you would be: when you're in your trophy pose try to line up both your shoulders and your elbows in a straight line. Your right arm is currently in front of your body. This limits how low your racket drop is, taking away speed from you maximum potential. By getting your elbow back more, your racket will have to travel further to the ball (which is a good thing as it has the potential to accelerate more to the point of contact).
You can trust me on this one as I used to have a very similar serve to you and these are the adjustments I made.
Hope that makes some sort of sense.
Hmm... you, like another person here, go straight up with the racquet into the trophy pose. No backswing really. Unless it's the angle or something that's fooling me, I don't know how you can get any power that way.
Try throwing a ball by taking the ball straight up from your waist to your ear.. not much power. All throwing motions begin by taking your arm straight back behind you, 180 degrees away from the target, palm down, and then coming through. You serve should start out the same way:
Thats a 1.0 level? Gosh then i should be a 0.2
Not a bad motion at all. Nice knee bend, racquet could drop more behind you and you could stand taller and straighter.
Stiff and mechanical, limiting top speeds.
Maybe need grip more towards backhand. Notice after ball strike, racket stays open too long, slowing down rackethead speed before impact.
Keep wrist and elbow higher and behind the racket after ball strike, to get the power into the swing BEFORE you hit the ball. You need a higher elbow followthru.
Stance is narrow at the prep. Hard to keep even balance during important points, when you're tired, and when you're concentrating on winning the point.
You're not tall, so good knee spring, but you're already moving backwards at landing before you know where your ball is going. What if your strong serve solicits a weak short return? You are already retreating backwards towards your baseline. How can you cover short angled returns?
Your serve depends entirely on linear acceleration. You don't get into twisting into your motion, from your trunk. Notice how baseball pitchers CLOSE their shoulder more than linear at the prep position, so they can untwist into their pitch getting more power and speed. Close your stance, use more backhandy grip, and allow some trunk twist into your kinetic equation.
Ad LeeD states above you need to get more twisting motion into your serve. (You also need a bigger "cartwheel" effect).
Contrast your serve, with the much bigger twisting and cartwheel motions of Robin Soderling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaAhBME6jtA&NR=1
Now to get these added two actions (twist and cartwheel), it is critical that they smoothly flow out of your toss, with an aggressive trophy pose being part of that tossing motion, not something "tacked on at the end".
So here is the key in that tossing motion: keep your arm parallel to the baseline while tossing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIF-UaRUd6k as you
1.) turn away from the ball for your upper body coil
2.) form a big archer's bow shape [which necessitates pushing your front hip forward to keep your balance] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgeYmEScfgQ ] .
And finally, keep raising that tossing arm up high to help assume that agressive trophy position: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeZp90h-Ar8&feature=channel
(I have no doubt that if you can get into a balanced agressive trophy pose that you will be able to explode out of it, as you already have the basics of the serve down pretty well.)
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