The wrist snap on the serves

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by XFactorer, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Jun 20, 2005
    West Coast
    When people say you should snap your wrist to get more power on a serve, do they mean snap it back to front or side to side? I use a continental grip on my serves with no backswing (right hand).
  2. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Its more like up down motion.. Palm facing forward and then palm facing down.
  3. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Don't snap your wrist at all.
  4. tom-selleck

    tom-selleck Professional

    Feb 21, 2005
    i agree... in my experience, don't get fixated on this definition of pronation. i think it leads you in wrong direction.... i think snap is better and snap over the top or top corner of ball.....just snap the most natural way you would.
  5. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I know what you are saying, Rickson, and we have been through this a number of times before. We all agree that one should not force a "snapping" motion, however, we also agree that there needs to be a fast rotation of the wrist to impart spin and power. To an untrained player just learning such a service motion, this is a snap. If you are going for a topspin serve, the wrist will not automatically pronate such as to give topspin, you need to make your wrist go through that motion. To simply say there is no "wrist snap" at all in a serve is just ludicris, no offence. But the server does need to do something to drive the racket through the ball on serve. Hopefully we can get over this little controversy on the wrist snap, and when someone asks about such, just accept the fact that that is the best way for someone learning the shot to explain/describe/practice it.

    Now, to get to the question, it depends on what type of serve you are going for, but a forward wrist snap will produce more power. However, this is not the best way to get added power. Legs, trunk rotation, and weight transfer are much more effective in giving power to a serve. The wrist snap is mostly used to produce the desired spin and direction for the serve. The flat serve is pretty much the only time I can think of where one would really only want forward motion of the wrist, which does have the most power.
  6. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Oct 29, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
  7. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Oct 29, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Serving Power and Placement

    also check (listed in the Useful Links at the top of Tips/Instruction):

    Primary muscles used for serving
    (check esp the "waterfall" approach by Bungalo Bill)

    first serve
    (check my postings on r.s.t on "rocking motion")

    tennis serve leg and lower body action

    Does this suggest Im using too much 'arm' on the serve?

    What is the right way?I think i transfer weight too early when serving..

    Serve Placement

    How to teach power in serve

    Serve it up article - wrist snap on serve again

    Roddick's Serve Breakdown

    Roger Federer's Serve

    The Sampras serve video is here, just in case: serve.swf
    A good analysis of it is here:
    (check Serve, both Flash and non-Flash)

    Slideshow: Andy Roddick's Serve
  8. diredesire

    diredesire Adjunct Moderator

    Mar 16, 2004
    You are the man, Marius

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