Andy Murray’s Top Serve Speed

What Makes Andy Murray’s Serve So Special?

Andy Murray’s overall great technique is highly thought after, but his serve is something that has got the word speaking. We have done vast amounts of research to give you, and the rest of the world, the information on exactly what makes his serve so special.

What Was Andy Murray’s Top Serving Speed?

Andy Murray’s top serving speed was 141 m.p.h. This was done at the US Open where he played against Grigor Dimitrov. It was such a good serve at Murray almost could not believe it stating, “The gun can be a bit wrong, possibly.” This outstanding serve could have been due to the fact that he went up in racquet string tension. This aided in him serving more powerful shots. There are a variety of serves that Andy Murray uses. Each of these techniques will be identified and explained.

Andy Murray’s Serve Technique:

Murray’s icon serve starts by him lining up to the baseline at a 45-degree angle. His left foot is about 30 degrees off the line while his feet are a little more than a body’s width apart. With him in this stance, it represents that he will be using a big turn of the whole body. This is a movement that helps him in providing a large amount of power to his serve. He extends his arms out in the front of him while his left arm holds the ball and supports the racquet at the shoulder of the frame. The racquet is gripped in a continental grip in his right hand. As he tosses the ball, the actual motion begins. His weight is loaded on the back foot. His tossing arm is almost parallel to the baseline as it starts to go up. This helps in the coil of the position. It is a compact way of bringing the racket up while having a flowing motion to it, unlike someone like Andy Roddick, who simply takes the racquet straight up.

Andy Murray’s Trophy Position:

This position provides a thrust of power into the shot. This is done by Murray bringing his feet close together as he bends his knees. This stance is named the pinpoint. It allows for weight is predominately on his left leg yet the feet are close together. Aided in this, the overall forward movement of the serve will be impacted greatly. Pushing off the ground, this will cause him to launch up to the ball later in the sequence. However, moving his back foot closer together with his left slightly restricts the fluidity of the coiling action. This leaves the upper body and torso to provide most of the power of the shot.

Andy Murray’s Serve When Dealing with Pressure:

Murray has a tendency to deal with pressure negatively. This can be linked to the fact that he naturally plays defensively. In both of the last Australian Open’s, he played too passively and meekly. Had he been more assertive, he would have been more competitive. Going for the bigger shots with more bravery would have aided to his competitiveness that was severely lacking.

Andy Murray’s Head Swing:

This serve causes most power to come from his upper body and torso. This is due to the fact that his legs are put closely together while setting up the serve. The motion starts with Murray bring his racquet into the back scratch position. He then pushes off the ground with both feet while his legs extend and his hips uncoil. The motion is followed by the torso and shoulders. This causes the elbow to move up.
However, serves as the Head Swing and the Trophy Position can cause the player to lose focus and become mentally and physically tired. This is because strength is being taken from the upper body and torso instead of using the legs as a source of power. At first, these serves can aid in giving power to his performance but it is simply not sustainable. This can be seen as the reason for Murray’s lack of competitiveness when playing against the big fish like Nadal and Federer. Along with this, lack of assertiveness when playing under pressure puts him at risk of losing competitiveness as well.


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Hi, 👋 I'm Mark Bailey. I’ve been in the racket sports industry for 11 years and counting! You could say I’m a bit of a racket guru. I have experience with tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis at an international level. My blog is all about providing you with tips to improve your game as well as sharing my experiences from different tournaments around the world. In addition to this, when there's snow on the ground (in winter) I like to take advantage of it by going snowboarding in France! And even when there's not any snow left... My Labrador Rocky always needs walking!

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