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Is the Underhand Serve
Underhanded?

Rocky Lang

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What reactions do players get from an underhand serve?

On an early fall day in the quiet residential community of Tarzana, California, I was warming up on court 7, while a foursome was playing doubles on an adjacent court.

They were solid clubbers playing social tennis--weekend warriors who come to play with knee braces, arm braces and then cool down with ice packs on various parts of their bodies.

Then something happened. One of the four, Little Mikey, as we call him, served an underhand serve to his opponent Butch for an ace. And Butch’s head exploded off his shoulders.

He let out a guttural scream, marched around the net and pointed a threatening finger at Little Mikey. Everyone became silent, waiting to hear what would come next. "If you do that one more time, I am walking off this court and I will never, ever play with you again!"

I’m a pretty good player, rated a 4.5, and I personally don’t think the underhand serve is underhanded. But Butch obviously did.

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Rocky Lang has been involved in the motion picture and television business all his life. He has produced, written and directed motion pictures, documentaries, television shows, movies-of-the-week and mini-series. He produced White Squall, starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Ridley Scott. He is also the author of nine books. Rocky is an avid tennis player and has been certified as a USPTA tennis professional. His next book written with Barbara Hall, is Letters From Hollywood, to be published by Abrams Books in 2019. Click Here to visit Rocky’s website.