The Mechanics of the Serve

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The Mechanics of the Serve In today’s tennis game, the serve is becoming more and more important. With the advances in rackets, players are able to hit the ball faster than ever, and no shot is affected more than the serve. Andy Roddick holds the record for the fastest serve at a blistering 153mph. Even with today’s advanced rackets, the power of a serve is still mostly due to a player’s mechanics. These mechanics are made up of the toss of the ball, the backswing of the racket, the rotation of the body, and the follow through. The toss of the ball starts the whole serve off. It is important to throw it at the right height, and then stretch your throwing arm as high as possible. It’s also key to bend your knees, because the more bend, the more power.
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Unformatted text preview: Next is the backswing of the racket. Pull the racket back to the “back scratch” position. Rotating your shoulder and wrist will allow you to drive the racket forward. After the ball has reached the proper height, rotate your torso, hips, shoulder, elbow, and wrist rapidly one after another. The quicker and smoother you can do this, the more power you will generate. Finally during the follow through, continue to rotate your arm until you have stuck the ball, and the racket has gone all the way down past your hips. And that is the serve. If you follow these steps, and practice long enough, maybe you could be the next Andy Roddick. http://illumin.usc.edu/article.php?articleID=68...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2007 for the course ENGR 101 taught by Professor Yates during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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