Federer – The Model Serve – and projects for you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This magnificent picture was taken by my friend Jim Fawcette – shot at the Laver Cup in Chicago

I want to highlight a number of aspects of his form captured in this photo

And for sure aspects that you can try (in your own mortal way)

Once years ago Sampras attributed his many Wimbledon titles to having, in his words, “The best second serve in the game.”

Now truly the same can be said for Federer.  Not the biggest serve, but with spin placement accuracy and disguise, the best second serve in the game.

You will hear the television announcers saying just the same.

Now some thoughts about your serve.

Take a photo or a screen grab of your serve at the moment just after impact.

In fact send the photo to me and I will tell you what I see.

And at this moment in your own serve …..

  • Are you swinging at the target or is the hitting action offline?
  • Is your head still up?  And how does Roger do it?
  • Is your right hip higher than your left hip?  And what is it about the back foot that helps?
  • Is your right shoulder higher than your left shoulder?  Does that matter?
  • Are you sideways or facing the net?  And if so why, and if not what can you do different?
  • And, is the racquet head snapped past the hand, or being pushed through contact?

I am developing specific lessons on these aspects – available to all ETI Network members. See the offer below.

There is no absolute guarantee that you can serve as well as Roger, but improvement in any of these areas will make a difference.

Rod Laver has said, “You are only as good as your second serve.”  So truly, how good are you?

 

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2 Comments

  • bill guilfoil

    Reply Reply April 27, 2019

    JIM BLCKIE JONES WAS FROM KANSAS CITY AND A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE HE CAME FROM CALIFORNIA AND PLAYED MY DAUGHTERS FOUR OF THEM FOR A WEEK HE WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND I WAS GLAD HE CAME AND HAVE A TON OF STORIES ABOUT BLACKIE KNOW AT TIME HE HAD A CLUB IN CALIFORNIA BUT HE TOOK A VACATION TO SEE ME AD I WAS A HEAD PRO AT GLENWOOD MANOR WHERE I PLYED WITH SOME GREAT PLAYERS IN MY ANNUAL TOURNAMENT. YOU ARE A SUPER PROFESSIONAL AND IF YOU SEND YOU PHONE ILL CALL YOU FOR A SHORT VISIT IM 96 AND NEAR 97 AND TEACH 5 TIMES A WEEK AND ALSO AM A WELL KNOWN WORLD TABLE TENNIS PLAYER IN WORELD OLYMPICS IN 2016 jIM KEEEP UP THE VER GREAT WAY YOUR DOING SINCERLY BILL GUILFOL STILL A PRO AT OVERLAND PARK KANSAS THEY NAMED THE LAY OURTS AFTER ME FUN ALWAYS BILL ALWAYS ABOUT NINE KANSAS CITY TIME

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply April 29, 2019

      Bill
      thanks for this note and yes for sure I will call – the traditions from our teachers and friends last a lifetime
      best
      Jim

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