Elbow pain when practicing continental serve?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by firstblud, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. firstblud

    firstblud Professional

    Jul 18, 2007
    is this common? what could i be doing wrong? I am trying to learn how to serve a flat serve with the cont grip and i feel pain in my elbow when i drop my racket down (backscratch) just before the forward swing and maybe the initial thrust of pulling the racket forward...
  2. lkdog

    lkdog Rookie

    Jun 5, 2005
    Hold grip loosely (it will form up automatically at contact).
    Don't overdo it at first as you are probably using muscles/tendons differently than before.
    Maybe hit some easy warmups and about 75-100 total and call it a day.

    The area where some players feel some initial discomfort learning the advanced serve and pronation would be on the inside of the elbow. If it is on the top then that is another issue probably (your BH technique maybe).
  3. mark rodgers

    mark rodgers Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    IMO sounds like your technique is off. If you use the "back scratch" then I'm assuming that the racquet face (pointed down of course) is close to touching the middle of your back. What this does is to force you to use a hammering (or axe) stroke to produce the serve. Just after contact you are essentially hyperextending your elbow and then asking it to bend in a direction that it's not designed to go.

    Check out hi-techtennis dot com. It has an excellent serve lesson.

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