View Full Version : Serve: Weight distribution of feet when pushing off the ground.

11-11-2012, 01:06 PM
Using the platform stance serving motion...

After the toss is released, the weight should be evenly distributed between each foot and you should be standing on the balls of the feet -- not flatfoot or on the toes.

The knees are bent.

And from this point you push off the ground and launch up to serve.

Is this correct?

11-11-2012, 01:13 PM
I definitely think a little more lean/weight on the front leg is probably better.

11-11-2012, 01:17 PM
Platform serves can differ in weighting and pivoting.
Some push with both feet evenly, land on front foot.
Other's push first with backfoot, transfer to front, and pivot around the front foot, landing with the backfoot.
And variations in between.
There is no "right or wrong". You can find examples of all those.

11-11-2012, 02:28 PM
Push off leading leg.

11-11-2012, 02:29 PM
But it shouldn't really be conscious, you want it to be the result of moving your weight forward and going up and out for the ball.

11-11-2012, 02:32 PM
Does'nt McErnoe push off his back leg, put only pivots with his front leg? Landing on his back leg, his left, like stepping into the court?
BrianGottfried also.

11-11-2012, 03:56 PM
Almost all professionals jump more off the front leg than the rear leg (I believe this is true with either stance, but more so with the platform). At the time of the jump, usually the server has brought his weight forward over the front leg with his hip even extending into the court. Because the rear leg is mostly unweighted, it doesn't do much of the jump.

I believe you should be balanced during the toss, but then the weight should naturally move forward and then up.

11-11-2012, 04:19 PM
alternating feet push off. esp for platform. for pinpoint even push off is possible but still not ideal IMO.

11-11-2012, 11:50 PM
Push off leading leg.

To clarify, I am referencing the FuzzyYellowBalls coaching video:

We start the video with me in the trophy pose. My knees are fully bent and the weight is equally distributed on the balls of each foot. From this position, I push off my legs up and into the tennis court.

So I think everyone can agree that we need to get to the "racket drop" position where the knees are bent and weight equally distributed on the balls of each foot.

From that point, there is some leeway on how we push up off the ground -- either push off leading leg or both legs.