“Elbow The Enemy”

Today I want to help you with your serve. Specifically, how you can get your elbow into the correct trophy position.

You might not know where your elbow is suppose to be in relation to your body, and there is a very good chance your elbow is in the wrong place in the trophy position,

Your elbow is either too high or too low and stays in line with the body instead of it being away from the body. The bottom line is that you probably have never been told or shown how to get the elbow in the right place in the trophy position.

A great concept to focus on to improve this all important position is to try to “Elbow The Enemy” on your serve.

You want to feel like you are pushing your elbow back, pretending to “elbow the enemy” behind you as you make your shoulder turn and get into the trophy position.

Give You More Effortless Power

This will help you bend the arm at the right time and get it into a more natural throwing or serving position which will improve your technique and give you more effortless power. You want your arm to swing more freely on your tennis serve and this drill will really help.

Next time you are out on the court, try “Elbowing Your Enemy” on your tennis serve.

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  1. Justin

    Another great video. Thank you.

  2. don

    will try this out thanks for the tip,our team made it to sectionals will give it a rip

  3. Reggie

    Jeff great stuff & I see where this tip is so important to the flow of the serve..Thanks

  4. Chris


    Thanks for the serve tip. I have a student that was having trouble with opening her wrist. When I took another look, turns out her elbow was a little lower than I thought and it wasn’t “elbowing the enemy.” I was seeing the wrist open up but really it was more of her elbow not getting back and the forearm pronating out/open.

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      You’re welcome, Chris! That’s great news that it helped!


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