More Power on Spin Serve

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  1. Web Crawler

    Web Crawler New User

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    I have a pretty decent spin serve when it comes to the spin part. I cant seem though to get enuff power on it. The way it is now is effective but I know it can be better. How do add more power to it without sacrificing the spin.
     
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  2. ProStaffTour90

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    Well it can't really be done can it, you can't get an amazingly powerful racquet that is also second to none in terms of control, there has to be sacrifices!

    If you put slightly more power in you will lose a slight amount of spin, they are negatively directly proportional to each other, you can't add to one without losing from the other!

    (A-Level Physics finally comes in handy)
     
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  3. dennis1188

    dennis1188 Semi-Pro

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    IMO, u need to FINSH w/ yr arm and body weight moving forward into the court in the direction of the serve to generate power even on a 'side-spin' and 'kick' serve. Learn to serve w/ whole body motion.
     
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  4. predrag

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    Well, you can't.
    But what you can do, is hit through the ball more. And the effect will be that
    the ball flightpath will be lower, deeper, and the kick (if you are really hitting
    topspin serve) will be more dramatic.

    What I mean is:
    when you load the spin on your serve, it travels high over the net, starts coming down sooner.
    But everybody knows it is heavily topspun ball and that it will bounce high.
    However, if you hit through the ball more, heavy topspin will not be as visible, and after the bounce
    the kick, even though not as high as in the previous case, will be more surprising.

    So, don't worry about the actuall amount of spin, just lean more forward, and work on overall technique.

    I hope that I managed to explain what I meant.

    Regards, Predrag
     
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  5. kevhen

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    I first tried hitting a kick serve tossing the ball over my head or slightly to the left and behind me. I couldn't develop much power this way, but could get decent spin on the ball, but without power it was not an effective serve. I started tossing the ball out to the right, a little bit out in front, and just a little lower than my flat serve and then I could still get some spin and alot more power on my spin serve. That is what I use now, except it seems to strain my lower back after 2-3 sets so I am going back to using more flat serves. Good luck in developing a hard spin serve.
     
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  6. Tomek

    Tomek Rookie

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    kevhen, by tossing ball to the right, you give a ball more side spin and less top spin. It could be good serve if you mix it with another more topspin serve (toss more to the left)
     
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  7. fastdunn

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    Yes, you can, IMHO.

    1. Higher swing speed.

    2. Get more string bed area to partipate in brushing up the ball.


    Asuming you're using a same racquet, you can achieve both
    of 1) and 2) by improving your mechanics (sorry no surprise :lol: ).
    One of example is to check if your pronation is working right.
    It can add both 1) and 2) magically.....

    Good luck.
     
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  8. kevhen

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    I snap down with my wrist so even though I toss to the right, I get lots of topspin and little sidespin on the ball and my racquet head is also maybe angled down a little to counter for any possible sidespin. My arm, foream, and racquet look like a sideways U when hitting the hard kicker with a toss out to the right with my hand above my elbow at a right angle. When I toss to the left, my forearm and racquet are more in a straight line with my hand above my shoulder. I get much more power when I toss out to the right with my arm bent this way.
     
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  9. kevhen

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    I think I drop my elbow a little bit from horizontal otherwise the racquet would hit me in the head!
     
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  10. Web Crawler

    Web Crawler New User

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    Thanks for all the advice here guys. Got my 2nd serve pretty well down pack and it came through in the end. Won my match Fri 3-6, 6-2, 6-6 (7-5) The winning serve being my Spin Serve that bounce at the guys feet and then curved to his backhand and we wasnt expecting it on my first serve.
     
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  11. Robert Jones

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    The only way is to swing your guts out. I swing harder on my spins than my flat serves.
     
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