Letting it Unfurl
As we’ve seen, every serve on these pages starts off side-on to the net, and some players (like Mac and Pete) turn so far sideways that they show their back to their opponent, prior to unleashing their throw.
Remember the 3 point thumb roll, which unangles the racket face in 3 linked stages?
Good servers also unturn from being side-on to the net, which is aligned to the thumb roll and also best understood in 3 stages.
The 3 Point UnTurn
Look as Big Pete and Marat Safin…
- 1 & 2 throw from a side-on stance (stance is valid on a serve!)
- 3 connect with shoulders and chest parallel to the net, and
- 4 follow through to being unturned (eventually), especially at the shoulders, as Marat does in 5.
If the ball is in the right place, this 3 stage unturning of your side-on position should happen naturally: if it doesn’t, look for the reasons why – is the ball far enough forward to allow or invite this unwinding?.
You can also see here the alignment of the 3 point unwind to the 3 point thumb roll.
- A: angled body + angled racket in 2.
- B: at contact in 3, unangled shoulders + unangled
- C: both angled racket and angled body have been unwound, particularly above the waist, in 4 & 5.
Serving is easy when you UNcan…