Jorge, what’s also interesting is @ 2:00, Radek’s extension of the left arm is not fully vertical or even more than vertical (IE. Federer), probably a flexibility issue, @ 2:06, Radek moves his eyes from the ball to in front of him, @ 2:07, he actually hits more “down” on the ball, I don’t know what kind of serve he’s hitting, but he’s probably loosing some solid contact on the ball if his eyes are moving, @ 2:08 if you notice his left hand again, he’s not pulling into his chest to stop the 3rd link of the coordination chain (hips to shoulders), which will cause a decrease in power and the 4th link (shoulder to hand) will not release as well. (If you refer to Novak’s serve, watch his left hand pull into his chest at POC)
His timing is good though which makes up for some of these minor adjustments, if he made these though, his serve would be more of a weapon for sure.
1. more solid contact (eyes)
2. more power (left hand pulling into chest at POC)
Great video – loving them! Thanks,
Great observations Sterling.
I noticed that on the back swing on the serve Stepanek never gets the palm of the hand facing down. I have seen this a lot on South American and European players and explains why often the serve is more function than a weapon. Not growing up learning a correct throwing motion really limits the serve effectiveness.
Ron Atkinson USPTA
Good catch Ron. I see that too.
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