Is throwing in an underhanded serve acceptable or somehow underhanded?
My regular doubles partner, Chuck Kinyon, 30-year Dartmouth tennis coach was giving a clinic to players at his Naples housing development and was teaching this serve.
He said, “I don’t know why more people don’t use it when: the sun in their eyes, their shoulder hurts, they are missing their serves, or just as a changeup.”
Like a Drop Shot?
When you think about it, how is it different from throwing in a surprise drop shot during a singles baseline rally? Sure, too many drop shots become “less than fun,” but it is a solidly acceptable tactic to use. Jim Courier just said this week, when asked that question, “Sure, the drop shot is just another tool in the tool box to use.”
World class senior tournament player Jimmy Parker is “known for” using the underhanded serve during matches. Most players I hear from criticize him for using it (especially when he is killing his opponent) – and I have been known to offer the same viewpoint – but when you think about it, WHY NOT? Your thoughts?
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