kick serve clips

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by 16, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. 16

    16 Rookie

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    I have my kicker down pretty well i just was wondering if anyone had some good examples(pics/videos) of players doing kick serves to compare. I find this the best way to take my strokes to the next level. My kick is at the point were when coaches look at it they can't tell me whats wrong so i guess me comparing it to a better kick serve could help. Also any tips that anyone knows which took their kick serve to the next level? thanks

    btw most of its probably just timing or angle, but i just want to see if that is all it is.(i'am using both platform and pinpoint stance right now to see which one gives my shoulder less trouble so thats probably part of the problem. thanks again
     
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  2. THE ANIMAL

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    start trying to put in swing on the ball as well as kick so the ball swings into the players body this is a very hard ball to return.
     
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  3. Eric Matuszewski

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    Dear 16, It's a smart move to try to improve your kick (I assume you mean topspin serve).

    Having a serve in your arsenal that you never have to worry about getting in, and one that still keeps the returner from attacking you is a HUGE part of becoming a better player!

    I assume you've got the basics, so here are some extras.

    stay squatted down longer with a 90degree knee bend. If you extend your legs too early it will be harder to rub upwards on the ball because your trunk will be leaning too far forward at contact (you will be more likely to sidespin if this is the case and you won't be able to get the ball to drop as severely).


    Get the toss over your eyes (when you look straight up into the sky). If you were to not swing at the ball it would ideally fall into your left eye. Of course you would have fallen on your back by the time the ball hit you. (don't actually try to have the ball hit you or falling back).

    Many people I see have trouble getting a topspin serve or do it wrong because they don't get comfortable with the idea of falling back with a deep knee bend.

    I say falling back on purpose because most people instead want to not bend at their knees and instead try to bend their spines backwards to brush up. This may cause back injury. and has mistakenly given topspin serves a bad name in some places.

    a fun experiment is to sit with your legs extended on the court at the service line and try kick serves, you won't have to worry about falling because your already on the court so you can just concentrate on hitting up.

    finally, Aim really high. Many students forget that the topspin is going to pull the ball down (this is the whole point by the way).

    Safin 2nd serves are good examples to watch to get some ideas. They are available at www.advancetennisresearchproject.com for a reasonable donation.
     
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  4. 16

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    thanks for your help.
     
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