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What does "pronate" mean?

Last night Mary Joe Fernandez was saying that Venus "pronates" really well on her first serve. My serve sucks, I wanna pronate too!!!!

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pronate (verb) : To lose often
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It's the snap of the wrist - ie twisting the forearm as you hit the ball.
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If you hold your hands out in front of you, it's twisting your forearms such that you end up with your palms facing downward as opposed to supiniation which is twisting them in the opposite direction.
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It's when Venus serves her flat serve out wide on the Ad court...

I think it just means she twists her arm in a way that her palm is aimed out wide, so she can hit it flat with angle.

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1. transitive verb turn hand palm down: to turn the hand or forearm so that the palm faces downward

2. transitive and intransitive verb rotate foot inward: to rotate the bones of the foot so that the weight is borne mainly on the inside of the foot
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Thank you, English majors! lol

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1. transitive verb turn hand palm down: to turn the hand or forearm so that the palm faces downward
I play tennis and this is incorrect. Watch Serena serve, and you will see pronation.

When you hit a serve, without pronation, your palm automatically faces downwards. When you pronate, your palm faces OUTWARD, meaning to the side. I'm righthanded, so if I pronate my wrist when I serve my palm will face the right side, sort of like paddling with your hand when swimming.

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I play tennis and this is incorrect. Watch Serena serve, and you will see pronation.

When you hit a serve, without pronation, your palm automatically faces downwards. When you pronate, your palm faces OUTWARD, meaning to the side. I'm righthanded, so if I pronate my wrist when I serve my palm will face the right side, sort of like paddling with your hand when swimming.
This makes the most sense to me, thanks!

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This makes the most sense to me, thanks!

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I play tennis and this is incorrect. Watch Serena serve, and you will see pronation.

When you hit a serve, without pronation, your palm automatically faces downwards. When you pronate, your palm faces OUTWARD, meaning to the side. I'm righthanded, so if I pronate my wrist when I serve my palm will face the right side, sort of like paddling with your hand when swimming.
Then perhaps people who are using pronate to mean the palm faces outward should look at the dictionary meaning of the word.
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Or the people who wrote the dictionary definition should take a tennis lesson or two.

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Words mean what they mean. Playing a game doesn't make it different.
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Well next time you play tennis, pay conscious attention when hitting a serve and pronating, and you'll see where your palm is facing.

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Nan Cu is correct. During a serve, the heel of the hand leads first, with the thumb the lowest finger. It should be pointing towards the court behind your shoulder, and the edge of the racquet should be travelling vertically. At the moment of impact, the wrist should twist outwards so that the thumb is now pointing to the sky. That, technically, is the pronation. The momentum of the hand and arm will continue, however, and the palm of the hand will face away from the body and the bat comes downwards.

The twist is there to give a little added "snap" to the ball, increase power, and create spin. Probably the easiest player to watch for this is Pete Sampras, though truth be told, he is the best to watch for anything in a serve, as his is just about technically perfect.

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