A Challenge to Create Sidespin while Rotating the Forearm

This one is harder than it looks – unless it already looks hard to you – if so GOOD!  

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Roger Serving with a Snap

On Court Exercises The following exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Snap down Positioned at the service line,…

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Roger Spinning the Serve

On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Swing Off-Line to Create Sidespin To create sidespin…

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Roger Serving Effortlessly (E-)

On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Locate the swish point Practicing without the ball,…

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Roger Serving with Rhythm (R)

  On Court Exercises The following exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. One two three rhythm – without…

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Roger Serving on Balance (B)

      On Court Exercises The exercises identify specific elements of the serve. Do not attempt all exercises at once, but rather, start with the first exercise, and take as much time as needed until you feel comfortable, then progress in sequence to the next one and so forth. Serve within a box Find…

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Type 1 and Type 2 – Overhand Throwing – the Tennis Serve – and the Primacy of Habit

Todd Ellenbecker, Vice President, Medical Services ATP World Tour, “Tennis teaching professionals can identify players of all ability levels, even high level players, who have less than optimal biomechanics on their serve. Often ……. their throwing mechanics also are less than optimal and have many similar characteristic patterns. Some of the same inherent deficiencies occur in…

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Underspin Backhand – Rosewall then Federer

“Muscles” – the famous Ken Rosewall – with the best underpin backhand in his era.  Ken drove the ball heavily, but always with underpin.  And for you and I the versatility comes with varying the amount of spin, height and or pace. Underspin keeps the ball low after the bounce – if you hit it…

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Gravity Motion – Sloane Stephens

The Secret (as I tried to reveal years ago in my first VHS product – “The Secrets of World Class Footwork – Featuring Stefan Edberg) to moving quickly and easily was the gravity turn – a move where the outside foot nearest the ball UNWEIGHTS as the hips simultaneously turn toward the ball. Edberg used…

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Priming – The Art of Winning

Create patterns to discover the opponent’s weakness Always listen for advertisements

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ETI 047 | Will Staying Sideways help you hit up on the serve?

The common problem I see at the club, as well as on television, is where the server flexes at the waist at the hit – more or less jackknifing to create a little more ball speed.

And this action creates both forward and downward forces – and is generally associated with netted serves.

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Overhand Throwing – a Template for the Serve

Habits, Injuries, Resistance to Change – and Overhand Throwing Technique Todd Ellenbecker, “Tennis teaching professionals can identify players of all ability levels, even high level players, who have less than optimal biomechanics on their serve.  Often … their throwing mechanics also are less than optimal and have many similar characteristic patterns.  Some of the same inherent…

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Martina Navratilova Doubles at Any Age – and the Whistler

Martina Navratilova – Doubles at Any Age If you’re a doubles player, you won’t want to miss this free video from Will Hamilton where she shows you her “Newt Ball” volley, which is a type of volley she hits from no man’s land, when she’s coming from the baseline to the net… But it was…

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Attacking Half Volley Return of Serve – Federer – you guessed it

In the last few tournaments Roger has implemented something dramatically new. On second serves, as the opponent begins tossing the ball, Roger darts forward to the service line to take the ball on the rise. He indicates this is “fun” and though sometimes it backfires, he used it to good effect against Djokovic in a…

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Doubles Specialist

Partnering Questionnaire – Example You are under attack after your own poor second serve, and the receiver has returned the ball cross court deep into your corner and taken the net – among your options – what is the percentage play that you should select and that your partner should anticipate? Drive it up the line…

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The Classic Duel – Serve vs. Return – Deconstructing Djokovic

The full context of this is article is written up on the original post.

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Mac the Knife – Wall to the Ball – Part 2

John McEnroe – 78 atp doubles titles, and 77 tap singles titles – could this record be greater than any accumulation of doubles titles only (the Brian Brothers) or singles titles (Federer, Sampras, Nadal) But through it all there was and is a simplicity to McEnroe’s game – highlighted, as usual, with his on court…

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The Opportunity Ball

  I ask this questions of our adult and junior players ……  “What is the shortest most attackable you consistently receive from the opponent?” When stumped I ask, “Why do players try to keep the ball deep??” My final cue, “If you hit a ground stroke in the service box would the coach commend or…

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BNP – Djokovic, Dolgopolov, and American Tennis

First off – Alexandr Dolgopolov. PMac and I were luck enough to watch the riveting match between “the Dog” and Nadal.  A packed house on Monday for an evening match.  Incredibly contrasting styles, and an entire Rafa cheering squad with pom pons and more directly in front of us.  Rafa had mentioned earlier in the…

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McEnroe, Courier and Sampras

Power Shares Champions Shootout.  Great event.     Let me repeat – great event. The format is brief, two one set semifinal singles followed by a one set final between the two semi winners.  In this case Mac played Courier, Sampras played Blake – and then in the final the younger man beat the oldest man…

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5 Keys to Playing (and competing against) the Pusher

Every club has one of these, a player who moves very well, makes darn few errors, often hits the ball softly or with unusual form, but over and over again this is a player who wins, and more than that this is a player that most dread. The term “pusher” is somehow derogatory, implying that…

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How Basic Can it Get?

Here is a short list of tasks required to hit simply one ball over the net: turn to the side early move your feet to position for the hit get their quickly in time with the ball prepare the racquet in time with the bounce use your legs to drive the hips allow the torso…

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Returning the Kicker

We have positioned the camera at eye level, on the baseline, as though returning serve in the ad court. I nearly hit Antony on one of these serves, but no worries Mate, he is an Aussie. That said I think this camera angle gives you the feel for how this serve jumps up and away…

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The Tradition Continues – Segura – Connors – Djokovic

  Novak Djokovic captured his third consecutive Australian Open title.  Crushing David Ferrer 62 62 61 in the semifinals, and wearing down and then beating back the challenge of Andy Murray 67 76 63 62.  The end the fourth set of the men’s final showcased a dominant and domineering Novak Djokovic and a dispirited but…

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Andy Murray’s New Attitude – you read it here first

Ours is a wonderful, but equally ours is a very difficult game. We have all had days when we played great, sometimes unexpectedly great. And we have all had days when we played far far below our best level, said another way far below our expectations. When some say the game is 95% mental, I…

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