Originally Posted by JackB1
so here is the question....at what point SHOULD the racquet and palm MOMENTARILY point to the sky? Because it HAS to at some point in the serve as you start the forward part of the swing.
Hey Jack, interesting question. As your video and picture evidence shows, the palm does face straight up for a moment as the racket drops behind the head. But at the same time never does the racket face actually become a "waiter's tray" because if it was a waiter's tray all the drinks would fall off.
So for your question, I'd say the palm while the racket is behind the head, but never the racket face, at least not straight up.
Thinking about it some more, in a continental grip, the palm and the face of the racket are not facing the same way. That would be an eastern forehand grip.