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Tennis Serve Tip: A Good Racket Drop For More Power

August 31, 2019


Hello Gregg Le Sueur for Online Tennis
Instruction. Here’s a serve tip on getting into a good racket drop position
which is very necessary for serve power! So the racket drop position is where the
racket gets into this funny position here where the tip the racket is
pointing all the way down and it’s in line with your t-shirt level. I like to
say the butt cap faces the sky. If you look from behind you see how the racket
is in line with the right side of my body. So that’s an ideal move you want to get
into or necessary move you want to get into to generate more power on your
serve but let’s take a look at two examples, one with an ideal racket drop
and one which we commonly see with students that it could get further to
the right and then further down but let’s take a look at those two examples
in slow motion. Let’s compare these two examples. So on the left hand side i do not get into an optimal racket drop position. If you look over to the
right to see how low I get the racket the tip of the racket is almost in line
with my t-shirt level and the racket is lined up with the right side of my body.
If you look to the left to see how the racket is in line with my shoulder blade
and it’s not lined up to the right. So we’ll let this run through and we’ll take a
look at it a second time and you’ll notice how my hand is much lower on the
right hand side so most aligns my elbow. Where on the left the hand
is above the elbow and I don’t supernate sufficiently enough to get
into that deep racket drop position but on the left this is what we commonly see
when we watch students who are working on the racket drop that they don’t quite
get into the optimal position. Okay now that we’ve seen the difference between
the two let’s go through a drill to help you with that.
I like to call it “elbow the ball” drill. So I like to
do a half serve position and the tip of the racket points to the right, you toss the
ball up and you simply just try to elbow the ball just like this and you see how
I get myself into this racket drop position. So look at it again. Tip the
racket points to the right, i toss the ball and I just try to elbow the ball
like this and we do it again. Tip of the racket to the right and try to elbow the
ball that really forces me to supernate my forearm which now gets my racket into
this good racket drop position but let’s take a look at this from behind and then
we’ll complete the drill. Okay so here’s the drill from behind. So again i start
in this position, tip the racket to the right, I toss the ball and I
just try to let the ball fall into my elbow and you can see how I’m getting my
racket in this good racket drop position right here! So watch one more time from this perspective. I’m coming here and I let the ball
fall into my elbow. So how I recommend you now go forward is you do one
where you let the ball fall on the elbow and the second one you try to hit the
ball. So first one here I start with tip the racket to the right, toss the
ball and let it hit my elbow and then the trick to the second one is you
want to think that the ball is going to hit your elbow in the last
second and then you extend up to contact. So start right here! Toss the ball, elbow…..and
extend up to contact. Let’s take a look at two more of those. So again I’m going
to start in half position, I toss the ball and I’m going to let the ball
fall onto my elbow and now I’m going to pretend I’m going to hit the ball at the
elbow but at the last second I’m going to extend up to contact. I go elbow up to
contact! Now you’ll notice how I’m serving from the service line. We’re
really doing this to take the emphasis off the result and more on the execution
of the correct technique. So go and try this drill at home and let us know how you
do!

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