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luvforty 02-02-2013 07:06 PM

serve with 2 fingers
 
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.

TennisCJC 02-02-2013 07:20 PM

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.

JW10S 02-02-2013 07:22 PM

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?

boramiNYC 02-02-2013 08:01 PM

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

luvforty 02-02-2013 08:08 PM

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

JW10S 02-02-2013 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boramiNYC (Post 7187806)
jw, am I supposed to keep the rest of the three fingers closed or open?

open......

TennisCJC 02-03-2013 05:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boramiNYC (Post 7187806)
jw, am I supposed to keep the rest of the three fingers closed or open?

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.

Relinquis 02-03-2013 06:13 AM

just the tips, or the whole fingers?

luvforty 02-03-2013 07:37 AM

oh, that sukker is gonna fly out if you only use the tips lol...... the centrifugal force feels great when you swing so loose.

Ash_Smith 02-03-2013 09:12 AM

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

Raul_SJ 02-03-2013 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JW10S (Post 7187770)
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.

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

LeeD 02-03-2013 10:54 AM

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.

jakeytennis 02-03-2013 10:56 AM

if you can't do this, you're flawed?

LeeD 02-03-2013 11:06 AM

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.

boramiNYC 02-03-2013 11:23 AM

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.

Thud and blunder 02-04-2013 03:49 AM

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

TennisCJC 02-05-2013 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boramiNYC (Post 7188820)
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.

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.

Relinquis 02-05-2013 11:14 AM

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

light grip FTW


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