Now I’ll talk about taking the racket back. Taking the racket back — if you look at the pros, there’s all different kinds of take-backs. Basically you see anything from, like, taking the racket straight back to the back fence — up and around, so that they have this kind of a loop, around like this. You can see anything from that to, they’ll just, they’ll start it back, but then they’ll take it
up, like this — they’ll take it up, pointed towards the side fence. So, for example, Djokovic does this. And some of them, they just they, they just take it right up, like they’ll just take it up like this, as they go to do their toss. For me personally, I originally started out with trying to just take it to the back fence — that makes it a really easy motion — it doesn’t take hardly any muscle to just do this and, and flip it around. This takes a bit more
muscle — right, and this takes quite a bit more muscle, you just, you know — brute force to lifting the, the racket up. So I, sort of am, I’m trying to, something halfway between — I’m trying to, start taking it back, but then, sort of, like, have it, have my tendons stretch, and have that, this tension release, from this, the, the tendons, help pull the racket up — so, something like this — and I see some pros doing that. A lot of them work out, so they got so much muscle, they can do this, and get away with it. The advantage of just doing this on the, on the backs, to do the backswing is — it makes it similar to the overhead. Overhead — they’re waiting for the ball — and the ball comes over, and they’ll just take it up, they’ll just basically — they won’t have a ball in their hands — they have it, like this — they’re waiting for the ball — they take the racket up like this, to do, to do the overhead. But, so, it’s possible that that’s becoming common, be, because they want to match the overhead with the serve — because it’s roughly the same motion, without the toss. So, you can try any of the them — you can try them — you might even want to start with this one, because it’s the easiest, and then, once
you’ve got the motion down, then you might try this, and see if you like this. What’s the advantage of that? The advantage of this one here, is this one, you can see, if you watch my upper body, the way it’s facing — you watch the way it’s facing — the upper
body is facing that way, constantly. You take the racket back to the back fence — watch my upper body. You know, the — my upper body turns toward the back fence. it’s not that it’s bad to do that — it’s bad if you overdo that — if you turn like, 20-30 degrees towards the back fence, that’s fine. But if you do this — not good — because then you’ll spin around. So, like I said — the advantage of this is, there’s almost no, I mean there’s your upper body, there’s no back-turn. So that means that the amount you’re turning is very minor — just a 90-degree turn toward the service box — roughly 90 degrees. So, experiment — see what you like — and — like I say — may… maybe ease into it — start with this one, and then, you know, and that’s even after just starting with, from the backscratcher. When you go to do the backswing, add this one in first — try that — and then, eventually, you can try my, my bouncer here. Bounce up, or just try, you know, you know, whatever, whatever works the best for you — that’s the one want, you should do.

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