How Many Times Do You Bounce The Ball Before You Serve?

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How Many Times Do You Bounce The Ball Before You Serve?

  1. I don't bounce the ball at all.

    6.5%
  2. One time.

    8.9%
  3. Two times.

    21.3%
  4. Three Times.

    32.0%
  5. Four Times.

    8.3%
  6. Five times or more.

    5.3%
  7. A random number of times.

    13.6%
  8. I don't keep track.

    4.1%
  1. EPaps

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    How many times do you bounce the ball before you serve? Do you bounce it with your hand or with your racquet or some combination of the two?
     
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  2. Nanshiki

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    I don't count and it's not always the same number, but... a lot.
     
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  3. adams_1

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    First serve? Three times. Bounce, bounce-bounce.
     
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  4. meowmix

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    Usually two times. Sometimes none.
     
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  5. game set match 46 TIMES!!

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    i dont keep track. but 3 times most of the time.
     
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  6. Djokovicfan4life

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    I bounce the ball once or twice with my racquet as I walk up to the line. I don't really count that as ball bouncing though.
     
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  7. EPaps

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    Yeah I do the same as I'm walking up to the line, but 3 times with my hand once I'm there.
     
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  8. auzzieizm

    auzzieizm Semi-Pro

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    7x for each serve :oops:
     
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  9. ronalditop

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    almost always three times.
     
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  10. counter_puncher

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    Exactly 19 times.
     
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  11. Feña14

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    Zero...

    I have enough to concentrate on without trying to bounce the ball aswell! :)
     
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  12. Ronny

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    3 times normally...sometimes 5 when its big point
     
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  13. Duzza

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    14 for first and 12 for second because i like odd numbers
     
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  14. 0d1n

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    I don't keep track, but I don't think I ever go above 3.
     
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  15. lovecr717

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    Aren't 14 and 12 even numbers?

    5 to 7 times i guess.
     
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  16. EndLy

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    lol... maybe he meant 15 and 13?

    I always remind myself to bounce it three times because its my favorite number haha but i naturally bounce it only twice most of the times.
     
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  17. Oui c'est moi.

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    Not once.

    I understand bouncing 1-3 times helps you get the 'feel' of the ball and it can reset your mind. But for those who bounce it SEVERAL times...what's your excuse?! :p
     
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  18. drakulie

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    I never realized how many times I bounce the ball before I serve until I saw myself on video. It is 3 times.
     
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  19. Ben42

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    0-4 times.
     
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  20. Storm_Kyori

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    Random number, I use to bounce it like the Djoker, but now I'll say I'l like 3-5 range.
     
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  21. FloridaAG

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    I seem to vary between 3 and 4 - I never noticed until the TWSF Chapter meet on the grass courts when I could not bounce the ball at all so actually thought about it for the first time.
     
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  22. vbranis

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    95% of the time just once. I'll go up to 4 if I need extra concentration and/or time to rest.
     
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  23. RoddickAce

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    2-8 times, depending on how much pop i want to put on the ball actually. Usually, the less the ball bounce, the lower the pace I'm trying to add
    Edit: I also have a bad habit of bouncing the ball when I'm walking on the court >_>.
     
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  24. EPaps

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    That's interesting, I've never heard anything like that. Any reason why?
     
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  25. Duzza

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    Hehe I meant odd as in strange numbers :D
     
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  26. Booyah

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    two would be the nubmer
     
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  27. SourStraws

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    5, 10 or 15 times..... Not kidding either
     
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  28. RoddickAce

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    I don't know, but it maybe I'm just thinking about the serve less when I'm bouncing less; so it ends up as me not trying as hard to smack the serve.
     
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  29. hjminard

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    1 to 3 times, I think ... with my racquet.
     
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  30. RestockingTues

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    As many times as it takes for me to think out a game plan for the next point.
     
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  31. phoenicks

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    7 or more, bounce until I can relax my arm and shoulder.
     
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  32. Justin

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    Never more than two times. Usually once or not at all.
     
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  33. thundaga

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    i slice it into the ground once, then bounce once.
     
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  34. BestLefty UK

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    I slice the ball into the ground and then do around 7/8 bounces (I need time to focus and then think about the placement of the serve) but if I'm playing badly then I just want to correct myself so I do 3 straight and smash down the serve
     
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  35. mozzer

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    3 before a 1st serve, 1 before a second serve.
     
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  36. CHOcobo

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    most of the time i bounce it just 3 times. but i think it depends how i feel too at the time.
     
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  37. spiritdragon

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    haha cool thread. i usually bounce the ball 2 times. i usually only do it more if the first 2 bounces weren't good lol.
     
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  38. Leelord337

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    sometimes when i feel superstitious I bounce it 7 times
     
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  39. TnTBigman

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    usually 3 times. 4 if I'm slightly out of breath :D .
     
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  40. mikeler

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    3 times for a first serve

    2 times for a second serve

    5 times if I need a few extra seconds to settle down after the previous point because of anger or to catch my breath.
     
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  41. EPaps

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    haha that's awesome
     
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  42. am22fcw

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    3 on first and 2nd its just a habit and kind of an OCD. if i mess up like if i miss catch the ball on the bounce then i start my 3 bounces over!
     
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  43. EPaps

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    haha same here. has to be 3 clean bounces in a row for me.
     
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  44. westside

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    only one bounce
     
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  45. MarrratSafin

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    Sometimes I don't even bounce it. At most like 3 times.:)
     
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  46. Teamtomo

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    2-3-4 times.
     
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  47. Blade0324

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    4 times with the racquet as I set up and then 3 with the hand for the first serve and then 3 with the racquet and 2 with the hand for the second serve.
     
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  48. quest01

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    I usually bounce the ball just once. Some of you people have OCD when it comes to bouncing a ball before serving, first and second serves. Bouncing a ball that meticulously will not make you play better.
     
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  49. EPaps

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    bumping this if anyone else wants to get in on this topic
     
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  50. Mdubb23

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    Two times before my first serve, three before my second.
     
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