Feet wide apart on serve in platform

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  1. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    I am trying that. It forces knee bend and stretch of the muscles. I am talking about wider than what is comfortable. It also seems to anchor the body well during the swing and curb body movement during that time, leading to more focus on the ball and contact point.
     
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  2. heninfan99

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    That's cool. Funny thing is I'm going the other way, like Monfils. It feel way more supported with my feet closer together.
     
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    thatguymattin Semi-Pro

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    Wouldn't Monfils be considered a pinpoint server even though he doesn't close his legs? His legs are still together, no? I too feel more support when my feet are closer together, but by doing that, I would not be able to get as much pronation or shoulder torque needed for a faster serve..
     
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  4. SpinToWin

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    I find it easier to get a good disguise with the feet wide apart during the serve platform (similar to Federer). With the pin point you'll find it easier to move your body into the court (creating pace and spin). The first technique is more taxing on the abdominals though I'd say.
     
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  5. Lukhas

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    ^Federer is not wide enough. More like Sampras wide... or even Henman wide!
    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40791000/jpg/_40791428_sampras270.jpg
    http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Tim+Henman+AEGON+Masters+Tennis+Day+Two+Zor69CouV4Vl.jpg
    EDIT: To be more precise, Federer's about standard, shoulder wide. In comparison he is much less extreme.
    http://thehollywoodminute.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55001693a88330133f30761e8970b-800wi

    Used to do it, but you need very strong legs to really lift yourself upwards towards the ball properly for a long match. Good results though.
     
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  6. SpinToWin

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    Oh god, you pedant you ;)
     
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  7. heninfan99

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    Not sure since he created a new way. He doesn't step into or toe drag into it.
    My feet aren't touching like his but are very close and works great.
    It's the best of both worlds, IMO --no extra movements in the legs. I added some extra pop with this method and has zero effect on pronation.


     
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  8. Lukhas

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    Stretch those legs! :twisted:
     
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  9. morandi

    morandi Rookie

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    If you just copy everything that Fed does on his serve, you cannot go wrong.
     
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  10. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    I am able to get a better and more steady look at the tossed ball if I keep the feet wide apart.
     
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  11. Raul_SJ

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    Precisely how far apart?

    Feet much further apart than shoulder width will limit the upward thrust.
     
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  12. Rubens

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    Wide platform vs narrow platform vs pinpoint, it's really a matter of personal preference. As long as you don't force yourself to use the platform just to look like Federer. Now that would be pathetic.
     
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