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Tennis Game Theory Dialing in Your A-Game Every Day von Beardsworth, Jak (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 31.03.2016
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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Tennis Game Theory

The book title aptly describes the doable paths, clearly explained by career professional Jak Beardsworth - with playing, teaching, coaching experience at every level of the game - to really being able to dial-in your A-game every time out.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 236
    Erscheinungsdatum: 31.03.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483565750
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Tennis Game Theory

PART TWO Newspaper Columns The Elusive Service Toss The service toss is not to be taken for granted. It's very much a triggering element in achieving a fluid service motion, and managing it is trickier than it looks. Even the pros struggle with it - exclusively nerves at that level - occasionally aborting serves at the last moment, catching the toss and starting over. "Sorry mate." Yet, consciously embracing last moment toss reads - dictating whether or not you'll pull the trigger - is a guaranteed rhythm buster and an all-around bad idea. To be an effective server you must be fully committed to completely letting go once the service motion has begun. Only the very worst, completely unhittable tosses should be caught, and then only on a spontaneous basis. Small in-serve adjustments are still more than doable on slightly errant tosses. Plus, playing in the wind often makes that a necessity. Note: Incessant toss catching invites legitimate protests from annoyed, rightly so, receivers. But club player tossing yips are mostly because of poor technique. Tossing technique? Yes, there's even technique on the toss itself, paramount in setting the table for an effective serve. In the accompanying image you can see that I've fully extended my tossing arm up-and-out through its full range of motion - versus the sudden alligator arm quick flips exhibited by too many - before releasing the ball open handed. In the serve ready position, and into the ritual stage as well, the tossing arm should be bent at the elbow or in close proximity to the body - with the ball resting against the strings at the racket's throat, not ram rod straight already extending well in front Hold the ball lightly, finger tips only - not completely enveloped in your hand - in a neutral anatomical position that replicates the way your arm would naturally hang by your side. Definitely not palm up. Using your arm's own swing weight inertia, nothing more, the ball is placed high enough to accommodate a fully extended racket reach. That up and outward toss motion that's produced, away from the body, insures that inviting in front toss. At the release point, the trick is to open your hand, versus rolling the ball off your fingertips. This eliminates any complicating spin, resulting in a knuckleball consistently right where you want it. Serve 'em up. Maximizing Leg Drive on the Serve The serve, like every other shot to one degree or another, is a whole body effort - that kinetic chain again. On the serve in particular, leg drive is a key component in maximizing that chain. Above you can see that I've engaged my legs. As the ball-tossing arm begins to move upward, the upper body begins coiling, and the knees simultaneously bend. Arm up, legs down. Note that I'm in the process of dropping the racket head into the full back-scratch position from the loading stage where the racket is initially cocked up. And my tossing arm is still extended. Up on the ball of my lead foot, I'm readying myself to jump up and into the ball-striking moment. That's effortless power in contrast with the "arm serve" we see all too often in club and rec tennis. My head is up and my eyes are plotting the optimal moment of racket-on-ball impact - an effective cue, versus the usual "watch the ball." Avoid pulling your head down prematurely at all costs - perhaps the biggest challenge in serving which always leads to dysfunctional trunk flexing and tosses invariably dropping too low. Even if you're an old-schooler and not a jump server - as all of today's pro players are and have been for years - at least rising up onto the ball of your front foot during and through the hitting zone will only make you a b

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