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Tennis Tips - Serves

Serve Do's and Don'ts
There are hundreds of individual ways to serve and some how players have found a way to customize the basic service motion to one that works for them.

Sometimes there custom jobs look rather bizarre but if it works why mess with it?

But there is one "don't" that will never let the player serve well. That is the position of the ball tossing hand before raising it upwards to release the ball.

In an orthodox serve the left hand always stays to the right of the left leg. This enablesthe body to rotate toward the right for the left shoulder to raise upwards, and the right arm to cock in a position similar to a throwing action.

A "don't" is when the left hand goes to the left of the left leg on the downward swing. It is now impossible to get into a throwing stance from this position.

You look like you can fly but you sure can't serve. To extricate yourself from this mess you have to contort your body, maneuver your feet to get your balance and finally you are ready to hit the ball.

Yet the correction is amazingly simple. All you have to do is to cross your left hand over your racket. Let the two go down together but keep the left hand to the right side of the body.

The first few attempts will feel a bit unfamiliar but then the correct service rhythm will appear almost as if by magic.

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