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Tennis Technique Myth Busters #4 – Hit Your Serve Like You Throw The Ball

February 14, 2020


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  • Reply PlayYourCourt.com February 10, 2020 at 2:53 pm

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  • Reply Aleksandrs Kublinskis February 10, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    So it's like throwing, but differently ? Gotcha!

  • Reply marndt93 February 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I don't agree with this one. The point of making comparisons is not to suggest that the mechanics are exactly the same. Nothing else has the exact same mechanics as a tennis serve. The point is to help people develop a picture/idea in their head of the mechanics behind the action they are trying to achieve.

    One comparison may work and make sense for one player, but not for another. For me, the 'throwing a ball' comparison immediately clicked and is the reason why I have a half decent serve for a rec player.

  • Reply Brad Holbrook February 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I've heard the shot-put analogy before, and I don't know why anyone would use it. It's as wrong now as it's always been. You don't push a tennis serve. You push the shot. If your goal is to perform a waiter's tray serve motion, then the shot put analogy works a little more. But that's not how effective serves work. You were much closer with the hail Mary football passing motion, which in no way resembles putting the shot. Closer yet is the motion a baseball catcher makes throwing a runner out at second base…if second base were about 200' higher than it is.

  • Reply Tennisfreak54 February 10, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    It isn’t totally wrong it’s just , it’s wrong 😂😂😂again you busted nothing. Give me 3 players and let them throw a ball and I tell you which one has the best serve.
    Throw the ball in the air , try to throw the ball over the fence is what coaches are asking , not that linear stuff you are talking about!!
    The first exercise we had , was with 2 balls ( 1 in each hand ) and try to throw the ball against the toss ball. Tx to all the throwing I serve over 125 mph 🤔🤔
    You’re busted series aren’t really working well

  • Reply J Look February 11, 2020 at 2:47 am

    Can you face the sidelines even more than was shown? Like 30-45 degrees more in face turn?

  • Reply Gregory Riley February 11, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Yikes. Why not just say throwing for distance, where the trajectory goes up and out rather than straight forward on a line? The shotput analogy, can lead to a lot of torn up shoulders. I'm thinking you were talking more about the lower body involvement as far as a shotput is concerned, but not the clearest explanation.

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