Whos leftie serve is the best to learn\emulate from?

acintya

Hall of Fame
#1
Who do you think has the best and most natural tennis serve motion when we are speaking about lefties?


how far is Nadal?

maybe gilles muller?

 

Dragy

Professional
#2
Feli Lopez has very clean form. However, reaching his “limbo” depth may be hard for someone not that young and athletic.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#5
what do you mean by that? the best serve to learn for older guys or that he has a good serve for a 50year old?
I would argue that if he can serve like that in his 50's (he's almost 60 now!), and has been serving like that for his entire life, that it's a good serve for all ages. Very smooth, good kinetic chain, accurate, powerful, etc...

Compare to Roddick's explosive serve, for example, which might be a pretty sweet service motion for someone in their 20's, but probably not for someone in their 60's...
 
#8
Jeff Salzenstein

If an abbreviated rhythm with a platform stance suits you, I strongly suggest Jeff's serve. It is easily cleaner, simpler and bigger than Rafa's serve. Many players find the abbreviated rhythm/motion the easiest to adopt. OTOH there are some players out there who can't figure out the abbreviated rhythm and adopt a more staggered rhythm. (I am NOT a fan or the 'classic' down-together, up-together rhythm).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU6C8eilkI&t=77s


More Salzenstein serving wisdom:
 
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#9
Jeff Salzenstein

If an abbreviated rhythm with a platform stance suites you, I strongly suggest Jeff's serve. It is easily cleaner, simpler and bigger than Rafa's serve. Many players find the abbreviated rhythm/motion the easiest to adopt. OTOH there are some players out there who can't figure out the abbreviated rhythm and go for a more staggered rhythm.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrU6C8eilkI&t=77s



That's probably the best lefty to base upon because all his technique is available either as free snippets or paid training. His serving system is huge resource.
 
#10
I would argue that if he can serve like that in his 50's (he's almost 60 now!), and has been serving like that for his entire life, that it's a good serve for all ages. Very smooth, good kinetic chain, accurate, powerful, etc...
The average AARP-appropriate tennis player is not going to have McEnroe's spine flexibility. Look at how much he rotates when serving out wide on the Ad court? There's no way a typical player is going to be able to do that unless he's already been doing it for years.
 
#11
IMO, best serve for a guy in his 50's:
JMac's serve motion is much too idiosyncratic. Mac developed his unusual serve style because of chronic back issues. Like a lot of other ppl, I tried Mac's novelty serving style back in the day (30+ yrs ago). It was interesting to try but too difficult to get working at a high level. I know a lot of ppl tried it but don't know anyone who stuck with it.

It didn't work me when I was young and I seriously doubt that I could pull it off now that I'm in my 60s (Connors age, a bit older than JMac).
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#12
JMac's serve motion is much too idiosyncratic. Mac developed his unusual serve style because of chronic back issues. Like a lot of other ppl, I tried Mac's novelty serving style back in the day (30+ yrs ago). It was interesting to try but too difficult to get working at a high level. I know a lot of ppl tried it but don't know anyone who stuck with it.

It didn't work me when I was young and I seriously doubt that I could pull it off now that I'm in my 60s (Connors age, a bit older than JMac).
Is there another 60-year-old tennis player who has a better serve? (lefty or righty)
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#13
The average AARP-appropriate tennis player is not going to have McEnroe's spine flexibility. Look at how much he rotates when serving out wide on the Ad court? There's no way a typical player is going to be able to do that unless he's already been doing it for years.
Well then, we probably shouldn't be suggesting pro players serves for rec-level older players :)

Spine flexibility can definitely be an issue, but that's what things like yoga (or marial arts, etc) are for :)

 
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