Initiate the serve motion

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  1. dlam

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    I notice many player use some sort of rocking motion to initiate their serve motion
    Are there anyone who can suggest a non rocking method?
    Also I notice some players like the front toe planted and point the front toe and some like the lift toe and leave the front heel on the ground
    What's the diff?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Why copy what most players do?
    Why not make up your own motion, like blinking your eyes, or bouncing the ball 9 times?
     
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  3. dlam

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    I tried different ways to start up the serve so I can get proper weight transfer into the court
    I find I can't just leap off the front foot I generally need to be on both feet toes to leap or hop
     
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    Once again, since most good players use the rocking motion to initiate the service motion, why not try there first?
     
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    I just stand straight and toss the ball from there. I get way more consistent tosses. Standing straight also makes it easier to flex my knees and control the swing of my racquet. I'm glad that I don't use the rocking motion to start serving anymore.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    I use about 3 rocks
    I serve flat serves, dead flat, slices serves, top/slices, tops, twists, all with different toss locations.
    In the past 4 years, I've been playing less than 40 days a year, about 4.0.
    I have never caught even ONE of my tosses. Every 10 playing days, I might say "Bad toss", after I hit the ball.
    As you rock, you visualize your toss location, which triggers your swing for the serve you are trying to do. Location is directed by the followthru direction.
     
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    Just rock a few times 'till you feel ready to unleash that beast!
     
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  9. dlam

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    Thanks
    This looks more like Roddick type
    Tried this method this week but I don't seem to get as much momentum into my serve as shifting my weight by rocking
    So I think I'll try to shift weight
    I have now been able to have a one piece takeaway with both my arms in unisone
    Now it's a matter of getting the rhythm and proper weight shift to personalize my serve motion
     
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  10. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The rocking motion helps me with my timing, and it also helps me "commit" to the serve and not be hesitant about it.
     
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    One on the problems I been having is I like to set my weight on my right leg for all my shots from the baseline.
    However for the serve , I find that I serve better if I can start my arms going back when my weight is on my left leg so I been incorporating the ball bounce that I see a lot of the pros do
    This get my tempo and rhythm in synch
    On the ad side I bounce the ball with the racket like Roddick then grab the ball with my left hand as I transfer my weight to my left leg
    On the deuce side I bounce the ball with my left hand and set the weight over my left leg in a static rather than a dynamic way like I do in ad side. This works well for me.
     
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