Marc Howard Siegel – The Serve

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Travel and Tourism

Marc Howard Siegel is a successful business executive who is based in South Florida. He is a graduate of Stetson University, a private university in DeLand, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics. He also played on the school’s NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team, and is a lifelong enthusiast for, and student of, the game.

He was recruited by tennis legend Nick Bollettieri to provide tennis coaching and instruction to Fortune 500 clients. “I conducted tennis clinics for IBM meeting attendees and executives under Nick Bollettieri around the world beginning in 1979,” he recalls. It was a heady time for the young tennis player, but there were even more exciting times ahead, as he went on to participate on an AMF HEAD Advisory Team led by the great Arthur Ashe, and receive corporate sponsorships from AMF HEAD, Head Sportswear, Diadora Shoes, Decente Clothing, Prince Racquets, Nike Shoes and Sportswear, Rossignol Racquets, and Dunlop Racquets, and others.

As Marc Howard Siegel knows, one of the most important aspects of any tennis player’s game is the serve. It is also one of the most complex. He knows from his years of coaching experience that the serve as many different elements to it, and it can be difficult to master it, even for some of the great players. It requires a solid understanding of the mechanics involved in the ideal serve, and many hours of practice to perfect the form.

Probably the single most important factor in the tennis serve is for the player to have a proper grip on the racquet. The ideal grip for the serve is the continental grip, where the knuckle of the index finger and the hand’s heel pad rest on bevel 2 of the racquet’s handle. This grip allows the player to pronate and generate the most power and topspin on the serve. Virtually every pro player uses the continental grip for his or her serve.

As Marc Howard Siegel has learned from experience, most recreational players don’t have the correct technique when they serve, and so this part of their game suffers. The correct technique will provide them with more power, topspin and accuracy in their serves. This is the element of the game that makes all the difference. All of the world’s top players have sound technique on their serves, which gives them much better results than those who do not.

The ideal serve is achieved through the kind of coaching that someone with the skills of Marc Howard Siegel can provide. After the coaching, though, it’s up to the player to put in the hours and hours of practice needed to get it right. A great serve practice is what some coaches call target practice, where traffic cones are placed in the service box and the player practices hitting them. This is a great way to practice accuracy and in time will give the player the ability to get their serve in the area of their strategic choice.

At the end of the day, Marc Howard Siegel knows that the ideal tennis serve is one that is sound in its biomechanics, and is delivered naturally and fluidly by a player who has put in the hours necessary to perfect this most critical part of the game.


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