The Sampras Serve:
Racket Head Speed
By John Yandell
"Racket head speed." Everyone one talks about it. TV commentators claim they can see it. Every player wants it, and every coach claims to know its secret.
But have you ever actually heard a commentator or a coach tell you how fast the racket is going at various moments in the various strokes? No. And there is a reason for that. They have no idea because they have no evidence or data to back up their claims.
Does that type of evidence even exist? The answer is yes. Over the years there have been academic studies, but little or none of this data has ever filtered down into coaching, teaching or commentating.
Now the work of Brian Gordon is changing all that. We've already published his groundbreaking series on the biomechanics of the serve. (Click Here.) Now he and I are collaborating on another amazing project - the first ever 3 dimensional analysis of the serve of Pete Sampras - filmed in live competitive play.