Full vs. Abbreviated Serve Backswing


What is better… the Abbreviated or Full backswing on the serve?

Responses (10)

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  1. Edmon
    August 12, 2020 at 2:23 am · Reply

    You are 100% right about abbreviated motion helping my double faulting. I ended up doing abbreviated take back and it really helped my consistency.

    Should I worry about eventually adding greater/longer motion to develop a more powerful serve?

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm · Reply

      No.. there are plenty of world-class players that use an abbreviated motion and there is no need to go back if it is working for you.

  2. Charles Andre Soulam
    July 11, 2018 at 7:49 am · Reply

    Thanks Jorge, your tips are always helpful!
    concerning the serve, I teach the full back swing for the first serve, and the abreviated for the second serve which is more secure for biginners.
    The hardest part in the serve is, that we don’t see the racket and the ball together before they meet for the shot, and we have only a split of a second to adjust the shot… and this can be tricky… so for the second serve I teach an abreviated version, where you can see the racket and the ball in the corner of your eye until you hit the ball, that makes it easier to place the ball more precisely in the server field and gives a more secure 2d serve. So we actually use both versions 🙂

  3. Martin
    July 11, 2018 at 2:01 am · Reply

    Good review of serving actions. I was taught the full swing but when things get tight in matches I can see how the abbreviated swing could help a lot. Martin

  4. Bernie
    July 10, 2018 at 11:45 pm · Reply

    The important factor, using any of the motions mentioned, is to make sure there is rotation of hips and shoulders. Sometimes when a player changes to the abbreviated motion they tend to leave this rotation out. Notice in your video how Marty rotates more using the full motion vs Carley using the abbreviated motion. Racquet speed and injury prevention are linked with good rotation.

  5. Ciro SepĂșlveda
    February 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm · Reply

    Thank you Jorge đŸ€—

    This is a very much good thing!
    I use it regularly in my lesson especially with adults, and it’s works!

  6. Rob
    February 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm · Reply

    Thank you. I was taught a full back swing. Now I am doing an abbreviated due to shoulder issue. I believe either way is ok. You have confirmed that. Thanks Rob

  7. Rod. Macgregor
    February 23, 2017 at 9:48 pm · Reply

    Great vid. Unlike a cap where one size fits all, tennis dosen’t.

  8. Ryan Polito
    February 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm · Reply

    Coach –
    Thank you for the video/topic.

    Briefly, what are some of the main arguments for/against both motions? (i.e. Power, Consistency, Accuracy, Spin Potential, Arm issues, etc…)

    I have students with varied motions, much like your family, and feel both motions can work well.

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm · Reply

      I think both motions are acceptable for players. The thing I do is try it out with each player and see if it helps or hurts. Each player will be different and in some cases it will work wonders and with other player it may not help at all.

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