Hitting back of the ball?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by formula16, May 14, 2010.

  1. formula16

    formula16 Rookie

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    When people say hit the back of the ball when doing a kick serve, what do they mean?

    Do they mean the side of the ball facing your opponent when you toss, because that seems physically impossible :confused:
     
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  2. hit up the back of the ball (actually the side facing you). Your swing path for striking the ball is simply much more upward than with a first serve.
     
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  3. formula16

    formula16 Rookie

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    oh, i see
    where should i aim to contact the ball on a flat serve?
     
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  4. supineAnimation

    supineAnimation Professional

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    You wanna hit the bottom of the ball as well, particularly on kickers.
     
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  5. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    On both the first serve and your kick serve you want to hit the ball squarely.

    But because you toss the ball to a different position, and your windup and swig paths are different, you will automatically hit the ball at different points. Looking up at the ball, your goal though is to hit the ball square in the back of the ball from the perspective your head and eyes are at the time of impact. It turns out that for a kick serve that point is lower on the ball, and your racquet path will brush the ball up with more topspin.

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    http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/video-tennis-lessons/serve/kick-serve/toss/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixx-MCC7D88
     
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