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bjorn23
04-08-2010, 07:22 PM
Why doesn't anyone try this a bit to throw off the returner? It would make a kick serve harder to adjust to and maybe give more options to hit at. Just a thought, might be worthwhile to try.

Also how about serving a few extra feet behind the baseline to generate more bounce on a kicker? Would give the server more room to loop the ball for a massive kicker.

Max G.
04-08-2010, 07:55 PM
Well, it also gives the returner a huge open court to hit into. Basically, if the returner gets the ball back into the other half of the court, he'll already have the server on the run. Seems like an unnecessary risk - when you can already vary placement and spin on the serve without it.

nfor304
04-08-2010, 08:03 PM
Some players have experimented with standing sort of in the middle of the doubles line and the centre hash. The reasoning is even when going out wide the ball crosses at the middle lowest part of the net and the longer trajectory makes you less likely to miss long. Mary Pierce and Todd Martin used to do it

SplitStepper
04-09-2010, 05:28 AM
rightys should stand a tad wider on the ad side. leftys should stand a little wider on the deuce. its simple geometry. alot more players do this than you think....including federer.

Anaconda
04-09-2010, 05:45 AM
^^^Guys like Murray and Nalbandian cover the wide areas very well.

Ambivalent
04-09-2010, 05:45 AM
If you can avoid getting burned dtl...

It works in 4.0 and lower because players don't have the ability to adjust and hit a flat shot over the highest part of the net, so you can expect a xc shot back to you or an error into the net or out.

Matt H.
04-09-2010, 09:25 AM
doesn't even have to be a flat shot.

today's pros hit 80-90mph full topspin shots.

SplitStepper
04-09-2010, 09:33 AM
If you can avoid getting burned dtl...

It works in 4.0 and lower because players don't have the ability to adjust and hit a flat shot over the highest part of the net, so you can expect a xc shot back to you or an error into the net or out.

True....standing far wide works only at lower levels. Standing SLIGHTLY wider works at the top levels. Alot of variables go in to whether you should stand tight to the service mark or slightly wider. Lefty? Righty? Weak FH, BH???

As I said before, you will find most smart players adjusting their position according to each opponent. This allows the server to have the most control over where he ALLOWS the returner to strike from. Standing right next to the mark for all opponents is not very intellegent.