My Take on
Aryna Sabalenka's Serve

ohn Yandell

Is it her stance, the start of her motion, her toss, the hitch in her backswing, or?

I love the fact that the Forum discussion of Aryna Sabalenko's serve is over 1000 views and has 90 or so comments from multiple subscribers.

And it's great to hear all the thoughts about what is "wrong" with her motion. As Jim Fawcette noted when he put up the video, these theories are wide ranging, from there is no biomechanical problem. To it's all mental.

To it's her stance. To it's the hand and racket path at the start of the motion. To it's her toss. To it's the position of her opposite arm. To it's the obvious hitch in her backswing.

Where to Start?

The question is—hypothetically—which is it and where would a coach start to try and help her?

Jim also suggested that a major problem is the lack of "long axis rotation," also known as internal shoulder rotation. That's what I think too.

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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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