question about serve. Weight shift and weight distribution on feet.

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  1. spacediver

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    The following question is for platform serves (however some of the principles may generalize to pinpoint).

    I've often heard it said that the weight should be moving forward from the moment the toss starts.

    Yet...

    I've also heard that the weight should be distributed evenly over both feet just before launch.

    How is it possible to reconcile these two pieces of advice?
     
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    Stand up and put your left foot slightly in front of your right.

    Rock your weight back and forth a few times. You can feel the weight on your left foot when you go forward and your right foot when you rock back.

    Now stop when you're forward. The weight should be on your left foot. Twist to the right slowly

    When your feet stay in the same place but you twist to the right or "corkscrew" down, you can feel some of the weight going back to the right foot.

    So you should be going forward through the motion, but you should keep your balance by twisting your shoulders hips fluidly through the motion.

    Explode upwards with both feet.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Some famous local A players rock well back on back foot after bouncing the ball, then come forwards NOT moving their feet, but moving their weight.
    Platform, you can shift weight any way you want.
     
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    austin, that's a great answer - thanks!
     
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