Serving Rhythm
and Serving Stances

Nick Wheatley

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Did Pete Sampras and Justine Henin have it right about serving stance?

In the last article on serving rhythm we saw how the serve--as with the other strokes-- could be divided into two phases. The first is a slower more deliberate Phase 1, followed by an explosive Phase 2.

The transition point between the phases is with the tossing arm extended and the legs coiled, the point at which the player is ready to launch outward and upward to the ball. (Click Here.)

In this article, let's take our analysis a step further. Let's see how the development of 1-2 Rhythm is related to the two major types of serving stances--the pinpoint and the platform.

My view is that a platform stance makes it easier for players to move through Phase 1. I also believe the platform stance can add to the overall explosiveness of Phase 2 because it facilitates greater body turn.

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Nick Wheatley is an LTA Performance Coach and head coach at Hawker Tennis in south west London. His junior teams, the Hawker Jets, have won 44 competitions since formation, and over the last 2 years alone, his junior players have won 19 singles tournaments between them at county level.

He has been ranked in the top 75 nationally in 35 and over singles and in the top 5 in Surrey county. Nick has done video analysis for numerous players at all levels, including former British Top 10 player Marcus Willis.

His unique teaching video series, covering every aspect of the game, is available on his website www.nickwtennis.com

You can also contact Nick directly via the homepage of his website.

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