Serve: Todd Martin
This clip was shot by Mike Cottrill at 250fps. A special thanks to Mike for letting
me use this amazing video clip on the site.
There are two pieces I want to focus on in this clip. First, notice Todd's
unusual takeback style. You can see that he reverses the typical takeback by
first lifting his arm and racket into the trophy position, and THEN begins
his toss! If you are having trouble getting in the trophy position, I encourage
you to experiment with this style. One of my members, Charles, had this to say
after copying Todd's motion:
"I must tell you that I have never hit a ball better and more predictably accurate. The action is simple and there are few things that can go wrong. I start with going right into the trophy position,THEN toss the ball, then drop the racket,supunate/pronate and bang."
In the video clip, focus on just how long Todd holds his trophy position. It seems
like an eternity that he keeps his tossing arm pointed up to the sky and the racket
pointed up to the sky. This is a great image to focus on before going out and
serving. Holding the trophy position for longer can really help you develop
a much more effective throwing motion.