Originally Posted by SystemicAnomaly
^ Yeah, I think that CharlieF or someone else on these message boards changed the meaning of the term a while back. I'm fairly certain that Vic Braden coined the term, J toss, more than 35 years ago. I agree that a decent toss can be executed with or w/o the J motion of the tossing hand.
I have to admit that I am guilty of promoting the idea that the J toss referred to the inverted J path (parabolic curve) of the ball as a result of the toss after it left the hand.
I had picked up the idea from someone's post here showing the J toss of Sampras using the same short video clip you just posted. http://web.archive.org/web/200710231...ras_serve3.gif
In it it is hard to see the hand/arm motion leading up to ball release in this clip taken from the front, but the inverted J, or parabolic path of the ball is quite apparent.
Thanks for the correction that the term was used by Vic Braden for the arm motion going back many years ago.