Beginner Serve Help Day 12 - Not twisting too early

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I've got my popcorn ready. This journey is not unlike a TV miniseries, with the new episode every day. Or a novel with chapters -- and each chapter having its own name.

Keep it coming. Good viewing / reading.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Good progress. I think your next step is to get the feel of properly brushing the ball up instead of hitting down. This can also be practiced with half-swing if it makes it easier. Aim to never hit anything on the net. Rather miss long than to the net.
 

ballmachineguy

Professional
Any good videos or advice for getting the legs involved?

By the way, is it time to swing for the fences now that the form is down?
Just watching some slo-mo YouTube of pros hitting serves should be enough to get lower body timing right. This opens up a whole new can of worms, so be patient. First you have to figure whether platform stance or pinpoint stance works for you. Once you decide, you have to make sure you continue to keep doing exactly what you are now doing with the upper body. I’d practice without a ball at first.
Maybe someone else knows of a good instructional video for you.
 

ballmachineguy

Professional
Good progress. I think your next step is to get the feel of properly brushing the ball up instead of hitting down. This can also be practiced with half-swing if it makes it easier. Aim to never hit anything on the net. Rather miss long than to the net.
I think the addition of the lower body/pushing off of the ground will take care of this. The low to high from knee bend to leg extension and jumping will naturally add necessary “brushing.” He has a good swing path now.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
I think the addition of the lower body/pushing off of the ground will take care of this.
Possibly. But, even with that leg push, one can still start hitting on top/back of the ball (as in flat serve), instead of starting from under it. It still depends on the contact point and timing.

Most beginners never learn to properly hit 2nd serves, instead they have two first serves (flat, just hit at slower speed).
 

a12345

Professional
Any good videos or advice for getting the legs involved?

By the way, is it time to swing for the fences now that the form is down?
Your feet are planted which means your right shoulder is stuck behind your left.

Step forward one step with your right foot after you have hit the ball.
 

ballmachineguy

Professional
will, it might be helpful to take a second video from the right side, now that you will be possibly using legs to push off into court. This will allow us to see how far into court toss is and your landing spot. Not critical, but helpful.
 
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