Posted By admin on January 4, 2012
How to serve in tennis â?? Part 2
Starting to add â??throwingâ?? power to your serve
Once you have gained confidence and control
of the service contacts and placements, you are ready to move on to the next
step; power output.
To achieve this you must possess an efficient
One of the drills to help you with this, is
the; â??point the butt and throw the edge drillâ??
When you watch the top pros, one of the
fundamentals they all maintain is the position of the â??droppedâ?? racquet head
with the racquet butt pointing upwards at the ball before the racquet head edge
extends upwards at the ball.
So therefore we want you to start in your
service stance with the racquet in a â??continentalâ?? grip behind your back, with
the butt pointing upwards and the contact strings facing the net. The racquet
should not touch your back and the racquet tip should point to the floor.
Now lift the ball and then extend the
racquet up toward the ball by leading with the butt of the racquet so that it
thrusts upwards and creates the leverage for power.
As the racquet edge approaches the ball,
ensure that you turn your hand at the last minute to affect one of the 4
service contacts we outlined in our previous article.
Do this slowly at first to ensure a correct
throwing action and contact.
Before you serve, your hips will be more or
less side on to the net, but as you throw the racquet up at the ball, your hips
should naturally turn so that you finish with your hips square on.
Now repeat this from the address position.
Lift both hands together and ensure that your racquet head drops to the
position you have been developing, before you reach up to the ball.
Ensure that you extend your arm fully
upwards from behind your back to gain maximum leverage. Donâ??t bring your arm
around and hit with a bent arm.
Your grip should be fairly loose. This
allows flexibility with the arm and racquet behaving like a â??whipâ?? the
definition being independent segments behaving independently.
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