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Video:Quick Tip: How to Do the Wind Up for a Serve

with Jeff Cooper

A good wind-up can add power, smoothness, and comfort to your serve. Watch this how-to video from About.com to see tips for a wind-up.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: How to Do the Wind Up for a Serve

Hi, I'm Jeff Cooper for About.com, here to help you learn the wind-up for a serve.

Tennis Wind Up

A wind-up isn't absolutely essential. There have been top-ten players who just start with their racquet back, ready to swing, and there have been others who just pull the racquet up in an abbreviated wind-up and then hit the ball, but a full wind-up does have some advantages. It helps you pull your weight back onto your back foot, it can give you a smoother swing, and it can add up to 10% more power to your serve.

Instructions for a Wind Up for a Serve

Here's how to do a wind-up. The racquet and ball start out together. As the ball goes up with the toss, the racquet starts going back. Like a pendulum, it starts to rise as it continues back. When you arm is horizontal, your elbow starts to bend, and your upper arm starts going up, your elbow is fully bent, and you strike up at the ball.

Here's a serve hit with a full wind-up.

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