8 years ago
Modifying your grip is the first thing you need to learn about the pendulum serve.
To have a great pendulum serve, you need to be able to generate lots of spin. Not every serve you do needs to be spinny, but you must have the ability to mix up the amount of spin on your serves and that means you need to know how to get lots of spin. With the standard shakehand grip your wrist movement is limited and this limits the amount of spin you can get. The limited wrist movement also makes it harder to disguise the spin you are putting on the ball.
Firstly take your 3 lower fingers away from the handle of the bat. Then make a fist with them behind the handle. This will mean you are gripping the bat with only your thumb and index finger. Lastly you can slide your index finger up and further onto the backhand side of the rubber. This allows you to use your wrist more freely.
Firstly grip your racket in the normal shakehand fashion and attempt to do a pendulum serve. You will see that your wrist has a limited range of movement. Then use the modified grip and you will see that you can move your wrist with a greater range of movement. The movement of the wrist is paramount as to how much speed you can get with your swing and therefore how much spin you can get on the ball.
We cover the pendulum serve in detail plus many more must learn serves in the serving and receiving tutorials section of the website.
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