Hello, it’s Jeff Salzenstein, coming to you from beautiful sunny Denver, Colorado, and I’ve got a great tip today to help you with your serve, and this is a tip that has really helped a lot of my students over the years. It’s something that I kind of invented out in the trenches. That’s what makes us unique at Jeff Salzenstein Tennis. We actually get in the trenches with players, and we experiment, we come up with fun terms and names that can really help, and this one’s all about “Elbowing the Enemy”. So first, I want to go over the problem a lot of players struggle with having their arm and their elbow in the wrong place, especially in that trophy position. So, I see a lot of players that when they take the racket back, the elbow is tucked in here, and then from there, you can’t really throw a ball, or throw that racket towards the ball. You can’t really have a natural service motion with the elbow too low. You also can’t do it if the elbow is too high. So, we want to get the elbow in the right place, and one of my favorite cues is “elbow the enemy.” So, the key is that when you get into this trophy position, you want to feel your elbow clear away from your body: you don’t want it here, you don’t want it here. This shows that it’s in line with the body; we want it away. So, you’re going to pretend like you’re “elbowing the enemy,” and let’s assume the enemy is shorter than you, and for one time in your life, you get to pretend to be somewhat violent, but we’ll try to be peaceful out here, just focus on getting the elbow away like this. That’s really going to help this trophy position. We’ve gotten instant results with that concept. I’m going to bring in the student right now to show us how it’s done. Alright, we’ve got Max up to the line, he’s going to show us, again, that low elbow and that high elbow, and then we’re going to elbow that enemy. So Max, go ahead and get into the trophy position with the low elbow, and this is the problem that we see a lot. You see, the racket’s here. We want the racket more close down once we get the elbow in the right place. We also see the arms stay straight, and the elbow stays high like this. It’s in that type of a position there, we want to elbow the enemy. We want that elbow back here, pretending like you’re elbowing your enemy to the side. Go ahead and do that for me. Hold the position, good. So, you can see the elbow is way away from the body, and as soon as people have that visualization, you can relax actually. As soon as they have that visual picture of elbowing the enemy, a lot of times that position gets so much better, and in tennis, it’s so much about position, position, position – how your body feels in space. So Max, go ahead and show us that serve, that great serve you have, and focus on the elbow the enemy concept. Good. So if you can even get it further away with that shoulder turn, feel like the elbow’s going out to the side. Good. Just hit a little bit, because I overcoached him. But the idea is to get that elbow away. Good. So that’s your tip. You’re going to focus on getting the elbow away, Elbow the Enemy. That’s going to help your serve a ton. I really hope you received a ton of value from this lesson today, so you can go take action on the court as soon as possible. If you want to see more in-depth breakdown of this lesson and many others, make sure to join us inside the Total Tennis Training in our circle, where you can get cutting-edge tennis tips and strategies that can fix your weaknesses, and improve your strengths. If you want to be a part of our growing online tennis community and get the best tennis lessons on the planet, go ahead and click the link below, and we’ll help you go to the next level with your tennis. I’m really excited to help you out, and thanks for taking the time to watch this lesson today.