but that is probably only true for me
So for me what happens, is I try and make a full turn back - and I can do it - but then the shoulders have to come back from that big turn....it's just hard for me to time everything. A bigger wind up means a bigger unwind down.
I am not Tiger Woods..or Jamie...or JD....and not a lot of time to practice.
Years ago, when I played tennis, I was a big fan of John McEnroe. To serve, he would bend way down with his racket almost touching the ground, then he would rock, up into his toss as he arched his back, dropped his racket behind him, and then snapped his body, then his arms up and into his serve. I tried to imitate him for years and served pretty well when I "was on". But even at age 22 and playing four times a week it was hard on my back, and my first serve % was low.
One day I was watching a guy at the club serve, and he would just drop his racket behind his back, lift his arm up til it could go no higher and release the ball, and just snap the racket up and through the serve. Very simple. I tried it that day at practice and after some getting used to, was able to really improve my first serve % and had much more control on my serve. I lost some MPH, but actually improved on my number of aces and found that I didn't have to change my second serve action as much.
The point is, for me a simpler, more toned down motion has worked wonders for my swing, and my 55 year old back has never felt better.
I know the conventional wisdom says make that big turn, but most of us "weekend warriors", with limited practice time, would be better off by finding a simpler way to repeat putting "this dumb thing (club) on that dumb thing(ball)".
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