A New Teaching System: Serve
2nd Serve Spins and Placements

John Yandell

In this article we look at how a key element in the upper swing determines second serve placements and spins. As we saw in looking at the first serve, the racket face angle at contact and the direction of the racket face when it strikes the ball are determined by the rotation of the hand, arm and racket. This is driven by the internal or forward rotation of the shoulder. Small differences in this rotation create the differences at contact and the variations in the deliveries. See what these differences are, how they vary in the two service boxes, and how to master them for yourself!

John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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