Serve: Back leg is to jump into air or is it to assist in uncoiling/rotation?

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Primarily, the back leg in the serve is...

  1. To jump up and launch body into the air

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  2. To help the torso and shoulders uncoil and rotate more powerfully up and into the ball

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  1. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Professional

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    "Both" is not an option. Primarily, which of the two is it?

    Is it moreso a jumping into the serve phenomenon?

    Is it moreso a supporting source of energy to help the torso and shoulders uncoil and rotate more powerfully up and into the ball?
     
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  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Pinpoint your feet are close together, so cannot help in rotation.
    Platform can.
    Which are you?
     
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  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    Primarily, the back leg in the serve is...
    To jump up and launch body into the air
    To help the torso and shoulders uncoil and rotate more powerfully up and into the ball
    Neither of the above.

    The biggest reason for the leg pushoff is to reverse the archer's bow. With the legs straightening, the cartwheel action begins with the hips shooting backward and the shoulders start to come out of that steep shoulder angle [which should continue to ripple through the upper body with a big shoulder over shoulder action].

    The cartwheel action is more important than the uncoiling motion, which is also aided by the leg pushoff.

    Pinpoint versus platform serve stance is a personal preference. Many do feel they can get a bigger cartwheel action from the platform stance -you'll have to try it to decide for yourself.

    Even for those who can easily dunk a basketball (and hence
    serve from up higher than Karlovic), significant topspin must still be added to the first serve to have it consistantly come in. (Roddick and Sampras have the most topspin on their first "flat" serves than any other pros.)

    Aside: Another happy consequense of a good leg pushoff is that it actually contributes to a deeper racquet drop, as the arm/racquet lags behind as the rocket launches up.
     
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