Tossing the ball in front vs tossing the ball directly above.

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  1. Ripper

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    My doctor says I should do all my serves by tossing the ball in front, because it's less stressful to the rotator cuff. Have you heard this before?

    PS: Decided to post this here, instead of on the Health Forum, because it's more a matter of technique.
     
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  2. TennsDog

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    I can imagine hitting directly above on the serve would cause a good bit more stress on the arm and shoulder than tossing a bit in front. I was recently told that my service toss directly above my shoulder could have been what caused my tennis elbow. I have found absolutely no benefit to tossing directly above the shoulder at contact on serve. I know it's no guarantee for everyone, but I get better spin, pace, and consistency when I toss only about 6" further in front.
     
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  3. dennis10is

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    Yes. If you have a torn rotator cuff, as I had, you would want to toss the ball more in front.
     
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  4. bad_call

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    haven't heard of this from a doctor however i'm not surprised.
     
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  5. Taxvictim

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    Unless you're going for a kick serve, then you'd want the ball over your head and maybe a little back. But then you're brushing up with the racquet, so it shouldn't be so hard on the rotator cuff anyway.

    Can we all just agree to start writing "racket"?
     
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  6. Noveson

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    I think we can all agree to start writing "racquet";)
     
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  7. TennsDog

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    That wouldn't be starting. That would be continuing, as "racquet" is the traditional spelling and "racket" has only become a popular Americanized version in recent years (recent as far as the history of racquet/racket sports is concerned).
     
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    England uses RACKET primarily. I'd rather mine be a rocket. ;)

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  9. jck01

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    I agree with TennsDog. When I'm not hitting my serves as hard as I normally do, it's usually due to the ball toss being above my head instead of in front of me. Unless you want to tap serve the ball, I would recommend tossing the ball in front of you.
     
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