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Old 11-28-2009, 10:13 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Datacipher View Post
You're absolutely correct. It's part of the reason, that even with a swing that STARTED almost in the backscratch position, Berger could hit a pretty big first serve. All I was pointing out, is that a guys like Rios, Roddick, Rafter and others didn't let their racquet dangle down behind them as Berger did, they still have their racquet "UP" or even "down" (as in, they haven't even gotten to the racquet up position yet) his "waiting" point was basically much further along in the swing than their ready position. He brought it up, then let it go down towards the backscratch, and that's where he waited! So it made it pretty ugly. BUT, compared to many amateurs who never achieve this position anywhere in this swing, it's actually really desireable. Vic Braden showed me he sometimes does a drill where he has you drop the racquet behind your back, let it rest loosely back there, and then whip open your shoulders and let the racquet fly out from behind. This can also help you learn the feeling.

There is nothing wrong with a Berger type motion, if you do everything right. It can be very effective and sound! It just looks ugly, and, I think for most people, it would "feel" uncomfortable, as their isn't much rhythm and deep down, you'd feel self-conscious.
It was good enough for the man to reach top ten in the world so how many could be attacking that serve?

A lot of players look good but don't win. I loved Henri Leconte but he didn't win nearly as much as he should have.
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