(upbeat music) – Staying sideways on the serve. Staying sideways really,
really long on the serve. One of the things I’ve worked
with is, on of the books on ball mechanics and the serve
says there are sort of three actions that the shoulder girdle can do. One is called somersaulting, where you see Federer arch
his back and straighten. There is something called cartwheeling. Where the right shoulder is
low, and it finishes high. And then there is rotation
around the long axis, which is the spine, where
a sever can do this. And I work with all kinds
of players of all abilities. I’m always trying to have
them unlock their body. But I think I’ve found something. Maybe many knew it and
I didn’t, so I confess. But I was always curious
whether there was a sequence. Would you somersault, and then cartwheel and then rotate around the long axis? Or would you rotate around the long axis. Okay so forth and so on. I found some pictures of
Federer that appear that, when he is making contact, he is still nearly, entirely sideways… To the court. And in those pictures it
starts to look as though the rotation around the
long axis is not early, but it is actually at the last minute. And what I think I can
suggest to you is this. When I’m on the court with
students, every now and then when the serve goes into
the net, I don’t say much but I’ll make this
gesture where I will go. Where I try to show them that I think they are
flexing at the stomach. Well… That crunch can give you
racquet speed, it’s a fact. But at the same point that crunch is introducing something
that’s down in the hit. And so what I’m trying to
use as a teaching method now, is to put entire emphasis on cartwheeling, entire emphasis on cartwheeling. Such that if I flexed at the
waist, I wouldn’t get anything because I am serving that way. And so with the pictures of Federer with your study of the game,
and with your own experiments, see what happens if you
can stay sideways longer. Now you can say, coach
this doesn’t sound easy. You’ve got to have a serving grip. You’re going to got to have
what is called a leading elbow. But the other thing that I’m
finding when I’m doing this, is that it’s so much
easier to watch the ball then it used to be when I opened early and then I’d hurt my
neck trying to hit up. And I think what you’re going to find if anybody out there
does have a stiff neck, I’m sorry if you do, I
bet you’re opening early, and rotating around this axis, instead of staying sideways longer. Stay sideways longer and
send me some feedback. (upbeat music)

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