Shadow swing serves?

Is the service motion you feel most comfortable shadow swinging at home also the best service motion

  • Yes

    Votes: 3 42.9%
  • No

    Votes: 4 57.1%

  • Total voters
    7

zill

Hall of Fame
Is the service motion you feel most comfortable shadow swinging at home also the best service motion for you on the court?
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Yes, with conti grip, forward body movement, and replicable fast swing.
Sound tells racket speed.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Need more options. Not sure how to answer this. Some players will do serve shadow swings primarily to exercise or dynamically stretch the core, shoulder and arm (and possibly the legs and other body parts).

Some players will perform serve shadow swings pretty much the way they actually serve. Other players might purposely exaggerate some parts of the service motion with shadow swings. You sometimes also see this with the first few warm-up serves from the pros -- they are often not hitting those serves the same way they will do in a matchn -- perhaps they incorporate much less knee bend and are not leaving the court (jumping) much -- or at all.

And then there are many who believe they are shadow swinging their serve in exactly the same way that they want to hit their serves -- but they are not, in reality, faithfully doing so.
 

zill

Hall of Fame
Need more options. Not sure how to answer this. Some players will do serve shadow swings primarily to exercise or dynamically stretch the core, shoulder and arm (and possibly the legs and other body parts).

Some players will perform serve shadow swings pretty much the way they actually serve. Other players might purposely exaggerate some parts of the service motion with shadow swings. You sometimes also see this with the first few warm-up serves from the pros -- they are often not hitting those serves the same way they will do in a matchn -- perhaps they incorporate much less knee bend and are not leaving the court (jumping) much -- or at all.

And then there are many who believe they are shadow swinging their serve in exactly the same way that they want to hit their serves -- but they are not, in reality, faithfully doing so.
Let me state my situation in more detail. I am trying to settle on a precise service motion. Got two. I know ultimately the decision is made on the court but am curious if I can basically choose the one that feels best and most natural when I shadow swing?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Let me state my situation in more detail. I am trying to settle on a precise service motion. Got two. I know ultimately the decision is made on the court but am curious if I can basically choose the one that feels best and most natural when I shadow swing?
I don't see why not. But perhaps you need to video your shadow swings to see if you are really executing them the way you believe that you are
 

zill

Hall of Fame
When shadow-swinging, don’t forget to visualize the ball and contact and intended ball flight. Swing without contact image might bring you way off.
I understand what you say but what I am just trying to find the best path to trophy at the moment. Once that is perfectly achieved the forward hit is easy and comes naturally.
 

TennisDawg

Hall of Fame
I think ball contact is essential to perfect your serve motion. I only do shadow swings to warmup the muscles. One thing you might try to replicate contact is to use an unstrung racquet. At least you will go thru the contact point.
 
Shadow swing without an actual ball toss is hard because in a real serve, you have to coordinate timing and ball striking to hit the ball at the right contact point.

Even If you’re just practicing your backswing, all that goes out the window when you’re exerting mental energy trying to track and hit the ball in a real serve.

Other than shoulder warmups, I feel shadow swinging serves don’t really help all that much. The good news is why do you need to shadow swing when you can hit serves at the court without a partner
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Shadow swinging is important to reinforce and practice a CORRECT serve swing.
Otherwise, you develop bad habits based on feel and ease, which often are counter to a correct motion.
 
I answered no, because my elbow tends to drop comfortably at the same time with knee bend. I need to consciously keep my elbow up to hit a better serve and to avoid injury.
 

zill

Hall of Fame
Shadow swinging is important to reinforce and practice a CORRECT serve swing.
Otherwise, you develop bad habits based on feel and ease, which often are counter to a correct motion.
Which means actually serving is more important.
 
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