right elbow (hitting arm) high on serve?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by djbrown, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. djbrown

    djbrown Rookie

    Feb 23, 2004
    My serve seems to be more consistent if I 'pull' my right elbow back to start the service motion, kinda like a bow and arrow technique, as opposed to letting it settle down naturally to the side and lower. Is this a proper technique, or am I asking for trouble down the road?
  2. davidkemptennis

    davidkemptennis New User

    Feb 11, 2007
    Somerset, UK
    I have recorded a short MP3 to answer your question. Click Here to listen to it.

    In summary my points are:
    • This bow and arrow technique you talk about is most acceptable to me
    • As far as I know there are no known side effects
    • I consider it more or less the best action for club players to use
    • I recommend you post up a video clip of your action after watching our video on Styles of Serving Strokes
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2007
  3. samizram

    samizram Rookie

    Feb 8, 2007
    Not sure what you mean. But here's a comparison of Sampras' and Rafa's backswings.


    It sounds like your talking about making your backswing "shorter" like Rafa (although not necessarilly to that extent). Is that what you mean?

    If so, it would change the timing. Which will require a different height of toss.

    If your toss got lower over time, or your backswing got lower/longer, that would throw you off so that changing your backswing like you say brings the timing into whack again.

    Which is better? Most outstanding servers have fairly long/low backswings, but the disadvantage is the higher toss needed.

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