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directionals 01-19-2013 02:57 PM

Serve: why turn your wrist in slightly from the start
 
What is the significance of turning your wrist in slightly at the beginning of the serve. See Federer right wrist in the pic below:

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I read the quote from CoachingMastery on tennisone.com. CoachingMastery, if you see this, can you explain? Thanks.

sureshs 01-19-2013 03:02 PM

Some keep it neutral, some start with slightly closed, some slightly open. Various theories exist about how the closed or open faces facilitate more spin by forcing a certain path of the swing. In general, the open faced starting posture seems to produce more spin and much less pace.

directionals 01-19-2013 03:06 PM

See Federer's right wrist. This is listed as one of the fundamentals. Fed has it. Henin has it.

TomT 01-19-2013 03:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by directionals (Post 7136551)
What is the significance of turning your wrist in slightly at the beginning of the serve. See Federer right wrist in the pic below:

(ok, figured out how to add a picture)


I read the quote from CoachingMastery on tennisone.com. CoachingMastery, if you see this, can you explain? Thanks.

If you use a more or less continental (relaxed) grip and put your arm more or less straight down at your side, then that's more or less what it looks like.

moopie 01-19-2013 03:45 PM

Federer's wrist turn is pretty mild. Take a look at Raonic, the hitting side of his racket face is turned towards the sky.

boramiNYC 01-19-2013 04:30 PM

it's kinda like a priming tension inside of the forearm readying for a much stronger tension needed during pronation and contact. A good server usually does it without thinking from subconscious coordination.

LeeD 01-20-2013 10:42 AM

It could be priming tension, but I think it allows a relaxed wrist to go thru it's full range of motion to whip into the ball.
Kinda like the Roddick motion, which is more wrist applied than something like the DJ/Hewitt motion.


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