The One Eyed Server
Serving is frustration for most people. It is the first shot to disappear after you take a break from tennis and the shot most prone to mental collapse (due to the time to think about it).
One of the keys to a good serve is to keep your head position upwards during the contact. Infact upwards and to the side is the correct way to keep your head to ensure your focused on the ball and are aiming upwards with your stroke.
Instead what we often see is this:
It is normally when the eyes drop towards the service box and the focus is actually in front rather than upwards. This is where the ‘right eye’ for a right hander starts to dominate the swing.
For a good serve it can be helpful to practice using the ‘left eye’ as the dominant eye in the swing. Off course both eyes are used but if you focus on using your left eye your head position tends to stay in the right spot.
Although im pretty sure this was for a different reason, its great to see Novak is reading this blog.
A further explanation on the head position of serve is here where Coach Brent Abel from webtennis.net has a demonstration of one of the worlds top senior players.
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