“Creative Shots for Winning Tennis” by Renata Marcinkowska is probably one of my all time favorite DVDs (not including mine of course hahaha).
Renata is a two time all american and teaching pro who put together this little 40 minute video with the help of Championship Productions .
I think I like it so much because it’s comprised mostly of cool shots that are not too hard to master, but that run your opponent off the court . . . and that’s what I’m all about.
Renata Covers the following shots:
Slider Serve where she uses an eastern backhand grip and tosses way to the right and hits the serve as the toss is rising. I’m not sure what all the top pro coaches think about this, but I love it for a several reasons.
1. It will surprise someone who has gotten used to your normal serve rhythm because instead of tossing high and waiting till the ball drops, you are hitting as the ball goes up which will turn out to be a much faster delivery than the returner is used to.
2. It runs the opponent way off the court on the deuce side or creates a hard to handle body serve and
3. Well I’ve got to go back in time to tell you the third reason I love this serve.
In the 1971 film “Billy Jack” Tom Laughlin (who plays Billy Jack) said to a guy one of the most famous lines in film history.
Billy Jack to Mr. Posner: I’m gonna take this right foot, and I’m gonna whop you on that side of your face… [points to Posner's right cheek] …and you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it.
Then he promptly whopped Mr. Posner’s right cheek and knocked him down.
That’s how I feel about this serve. If you can get good at a slider serve that runs your opponent way off the court you can telegraph it all you want. You can toss it so far to the right that Ann Coulter would want to take up tennis. . . . “and you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing your opponent is gonna be able to do about it.”
OK. I won’t be so long winded on the other shots. Here they are:
The New American Twist Serve
Roll shot from out side of court.
Inside out backhand slice with semi Western forehand grip (this is really cool)
Baseline drop shot
This DVD is a good deal.