Landing on the right foot after serving

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  1. glass

    glass Rookie

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    Can someone give me the negatives of thsi approach? I realise that the 99% of pros these days land on the left and kick up with the right. However Boris Becker obviously landed on his right foot, and after watching a lot of Taylor Dent, he almost does as well.
     
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  2. Prince_of_Tennis

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    Thinkin about it makes me feel all off balance. Dent lands with his right because his left barely gets off the floor but his first step is still with his left. Only negative i can think of is on the serve. You won't have the same reach as you get landing on the left...Agh Can't really explain maybe someone else could explain it better than I can.
     
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  3. Burt Turkoglu

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    ....hmmmm.....never thought about it....I think I would fall down if I tried to land on my right foot....lol....I guess I'm a little clumsy....
     
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  4. RiosTheGenius

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    yeah, I actually land on my right foot. I pressume I should also mention that I'm a lefty.... :)
     
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  5. nickybol

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    If you`re right foot is your back foot, your left foot should land first because it has to shortest distance to cover. Maybe that`s it? I don`t know, all the tennisbooks say left foot first, but I don`t know why.
     
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  6. shindemac

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    Less power.
     
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  7. rilokiley

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    wait what? (assuming yall are right handed) if you shift your weight into the court aren't you supposed to land on your right foot?
     
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  8. nickybol

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    you`re supposed to land on your left foot, but why?
     
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  9. Rickson

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    There is nothing wrong with landing on the right foot after a serve... as long as you're left handed.
     
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  10. TennsDog

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    I have a hard time imagining how one could even hit an effective serve (right-handed) and land on the right foot. Your right foot is back and you move forward, as in: in the direction of the left foot. If the left foot is forward and you move toward it, it will remain forward and would thus be the first one to hit the ground. If you land on your right foot, you are probably not getting the right weight transfer and overall harmony in the service motion. This would take away power, control, consistancy, spin...pretty much everything. I won't say that one could not hit a good serve doing this, I just can't see it.
     
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  11. austro

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    How can you be a right hander and land on your left foot?? Your left foot is where yor weight is and as you are shifting forward your right foot is the one in the air. I cannot even imagine how you would land with your left foot. It's never even up! Can someone explain that?? Isn't your left foot forward to begin with? or are you jumping up to the ball with both feet in the air?
     
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  12. Rickson

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    You mean you've been landing wrong all this time?
     
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  13. nickybol

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    You push both feet off in the air...
     
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  14. glass

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    Hey Rickson, I want you to explain Becker's success then.
     
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  15. Tennis Ball Hitter

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    I *think* I land on my right foot ... next time I actually serve I'll see if I actually do.

    Just watching a fed and hewitt serve and they both land with their left foot first. After watching the vid TennisDog's comment actually makes sense, before I watched the vid I was kind of confused.

    I dont think my left foot comes off the ground very much if at all ... which is why I probably think I land on my right foot first.
     
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  16. grimmbomb21

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    I was taught that as you launch toward the ball, both feet come off the ground.
    Then you land on your left foot while your right foot kicks back to kinda balance
    your body, as your upper half is leaning into the the court. I am by no means an
    expert so I could be dead wrong. ITS COMFORTABLE FOR ME THOUGH!:mrgreen:
     
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  17. kevhen

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    I land on my left and worry that my left knee will someday blow out because of that repetition. I would prefer to land on both and divvy up the load on my knees. I land about 2 feet inside the court after hitting big serves and need to stop the forward motion so I am not in no-man's land while waiting for the return.
     
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  18. austro

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    I don't get off my left foot, so I cannot possibly land on it. Pushing into the air with both feet seems to introduce a lot of imponderabilities into the serve. I would also think that it lessens the power that you can apply to the serve as you loose your physical anchor to the floor. It's a bit like shooting a cannon from a canoe... Maybe fed & co do that but I am nowhere near that level or even that of many members on this board.

    Without having both feet in the air, I still cannot see how you could possibly land on your left first.
     
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  19. Rickson

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    When you serve, you're on the balls of your feet. If you serve with one foot anchored and one foot on the ball, your form is incorrect. I've seen many beginners serve flat footed, but once you learn the proper serve motion, you should wind up on the balls of your feet and land on the front foot.
     
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  20. JeffH1

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    I land on my right foot

    and I serve right. I push off with both feet. My right shoulder turns to the net along with my hip. It just seems logical for me to let my right foot follow. I rarely off balance. My coach (all of 5 lessons) originally told me there was no truely right way and that you'll see pro's do it both ways (although most pros land on the left).
     
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  21. austro

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    I don't. One foot's on the ground (left) and one comes off the ground (right). That's why I "land" with the right. It's what I was taught and see most.

    Maybe this issue comes down to the difference of playing competitively and trying to get 200 km/h shots out and playing leisurely.
     
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  22. nickybol

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    If you`re left foot doesn`t come of the ground, how would you possibly get hip rotation? Pivot your foot or something?
     
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  23. papa

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    Really depends on the type of stance you use in serving. Most land on their left foot that use a pinpoint stance but many using other stances (platform - crossover) will land on their right foot. Balance is an important aspect of the serve as has been pointed out by several others.
     
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  24. TennsDog

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    I use a platform stance and I used to use pinpoint. Both stances lifted me off the ground with both feet and I always landed on the left foot. If your left foot does not come off and your right foot does, then you are not using proper technique and you are not actually "landing" on any foot since you are never actually off the ground. Some pros may land on the right foot, but they certainly are not the ones with big serves nor are they the ones one would want to imitate when learning the serve.
     
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  26. Rickson

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    The only pro I've seen do what you described, was Gaudio.
     
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  27. Jonnyf

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    i've just checked a vid on my phone
    i land on my right foot (left handed)
     
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  28. Maledizione

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    I see what you mean. I think if you continue to progress in your tennis, at some point you will incorporate a knee bend/back bend into your serve, and when this happens, you will most likely land on your left foot.

    However, even at this point you don't have to land on your right foot after serve. It sounds like this is being done to facilitate shoulder rotation.
    In other words, you are facing right net post (or more sideways) before serve, left foot in front, right behind (for righties).
    You then toss and hit while turning your body, left foot anchored, right foot coming forward, so that at the end of serve, you are facing your opponent, but with right foot infront.
    I used to serve this way.

    IMO, you don't get the full effect of shoulder rotation this way, as you are bringing forward your entire body. Interferes with the uncoil.

    That is not to say you can't serve this way or that it is 'wrong'. Do what works for you.
     
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  29. fastdunn

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    Wasn't there a time when you were not supposed to jump when you
    serve ? If so, you can only step into court on right foot (kicking it)
    after serving...
     
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  30. Maledizione

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    I think the rules at first specified that you couldn't lift any feet off the ground during serve and then it was modified to being able to lift the hind/right foot and then modified to what it is today, where you can lift both feet.
     
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