Keys to Improving Velocity in the Tennis Serve

United States Professional Tennis Association pic
United States Professional Tennis Association

A respected Belchertown, MA, entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons leads Transitioning Forward as CEO and provides estate inventory, appraisal, and sales solutions. Also certified as a USPTA tennis instructor, Allen Fitzsimmons has held positions as pro at a number of New England tennis clubs and taught players of all levels how to improve their games.

In today’s fast-paced game, one of the keys to success on the court is having high velocity on the serve. The wrong approach involves relying on muscle power, which consumes a lot of effort while failing to generate a serve that threatens the opponent. To attain an optimal speed, right-handed players begin with a toss that is in front of the body and slightly to the right.

Maintain a stance in which the back is not facing the court at the beginning of the serving motion. Rather, coil to a comfortable level and bend the knees deeply to maximize your movement into the shot. Remember that a significant amount of speed is generated, not from whole arm movement, but from the whip-like motion of the wrist just before the racquet hits the ball.

A key question is how far to bring the racket back and this ranges from the classic full wind up of a Pete Sampras to the shortened, jerky movement of an Andy Roddick. The key is to find a balance between exerting maximum force and retaining control, in order to stay within the lines a high percentage of the time.

Snorkeling in Hawaii

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Snorkeling in Hawaii

The founder and CEO of the Belchertown, MA-based firm Transition Forward, Allen Fitzsimmons appraises and sells assets for clients who are moving, downsizing, or selling their estates. Allen Fitzsimmons also enjoys traveling to warm destinations such as Hawaii, where he likes snorkeling. Following are some of the top-rated snorkeling locations in

1. Molokini Crater, Maui. A partially sunken volcanic crater that is accessible only by boat, Molokini Crater offers visibility up to 150 feet deep and is home to 250 species of fish and 38 kinds of hard coral. Some of its resident fish cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

2. Hanauma Bay, Oahu. Hanauma Bay offers opportunities for snorkeling for novices and veterans alike, making it a popular and often crowded snorkeling site. Its warm, clear waters invite numerous species of friendly fish and marine life such as octopus, crabs, and eels. Additionally, the area serves as a nature preserve frequented by spotted eagle rays
and sea turtles.

3. Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai. A drive to Ke’e Beach provides some of Kauai’s most breathtaking panoramic views. The beach’s tranquil waters are an ideal spot for novice snorkelers and children. Pacific green sea turtles frequent the area, which features a beach with a lushly vegetated backshore of coconut palms, guava, and ironwood trees.

4. Kealakekua Bay, Big Island. The home of Hawaii’s west shore Marine Life Conservation District, Kealakekua Bay serves as an underwater marine sanctuary that features an array of vibrant coral. Its crystal-clear waters also offer snorkelers the opportunity to spot spinner dolphins and sea turtles, which commonly visit the bay and surrounding waters.

Water and Land Activities to Do in Hawaii

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A Massachusetts executive, Allen Fitzsimmons leads Transitioning Forward as CEO. In his spare time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys exploring tropical locations, such as Hawaii.

When vacationing in Hawaii, consider snorkeling. Rated the state’s top activity, according to, snorkeling is family-friendly and can be enjoyed through a tour. You board a vessel and sail to different locations to observe marine life in their natural habitats. A guide offers education about the animals as well as gives instruction on proper techniques when exploring local waters. The activity is ideal for seeing tropical fish, green Hawaiian sea turtles, reef formations, dolphins, and whales.

If you prefer to stay on land, Hawaii offers picturesque landscapes worth a trek. Walk along ocean shorelines and through tropical valleys. Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the Big Island’s active volcanoes or go to Puu Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, to enjoy the island in serenity. Other locations to venture to include Polihale State Park and Kalaupapa, a location best explored on horseback.

The Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef off Grand Cayman Island

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Kittiwake shipwreck

An experienced entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons serves as the founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward, which helps clients inventory and sell surplus assets. Allen Fitzsimmons balances his work with outdoor activities and travel, including trips to the Cayman Islands.

While there are a wide range of exciting attractions in the Cayman Islands, snorkeling and diving are some of the most popular activities in the area. The Cayman Islands are home to a number of celebrated reefs and dive sites, such as the Kittiwake shipwreck and artificial reef off Grand Cayman Island.

Purposefully sunk in a protected marine park in 2011, the USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship launched in 1945 and decommissioned in the 1970s. The five-deck ship now serves an artificial reef for marine life and attracts snorkelers and divers interested in exploring the immaculate wreck site. With a guided tour or entrance fee, visitors can swim around the growth-covered ship and discover areas like the old munitions room and captain’s quarters. Divers have also encountered diverse marine life, from eagle rays to garden eels, at the shipwreck.