Yesterday I had a minor epiphany, simply put, start at the beginning. Trying to be critical of my own serve, I realized that my mind was always centered around the actualy contact with the ball as I swung at it. I can't say how much this dominated my mentality about my serve. When I envisioned what I wanted to do before a serve, it always had to do with striking the ball. Actually the contact of the ball with the raquet. In my simple view, that was all that mattered. My form seemed meaningless to me as long as I contacted the ball correctly and was able to drill some serves. It was as if I reverse engineered what I was trying to do with each serve. But that isn't how my mind works. My mind has to start at the beginning. And it has to focus on the beginning of some task, and there is something that goes on before the strike of the ball. And in tennis, this is most important on the serve because it is where you are initiating something and the beginning is very obvious, the toss. Here's my toss mantra. If I get a good toss, everything else will fall into place, so be picky about them. And, early results show that this works, for me. It gives me a single starting place, and somehow, my mind is now able to let go after the toss and let my body's motor functions and muscle memory take over without my mind in the way. If that makes any sense.