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Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Tanner77, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Tanner77

    Tanner77 New User

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    I flat serve more than kick serve but i'm thinking about making it half and half more of. So i was wondering after i toss the ball up should the racquet head be pointing the ground behind my back, or the racquet head pointing to the sky behind my head.

    Which adds more power?
    Which adds more spin?

    Is there a difference? Thanks.
     
  2. Slazenger

    Slazenger Professional

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    What do you mean you hit more flat serves than kick serves?

    Are you saying that on your first serve, you hit it flat more than you hit kickers? Or do you mean your second serve?

    Where your racquet is pointing after the toss, in itself, has no effect on spin or power.

    However, the service motion I teach has the racquet just on its way up, right after the toss.

    Like this:
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    It isn't necessary for it to be this way e.g Roddick doesn't do this.
    I teach this way though because I feel it gives the service motion a rhythm that keeps all the parts moving, eliminating hitches in the serve.
     
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  3. Tanner77

    Tanner77 New User

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    yeah on my first serve i hit a really powerful flat serve that i can barely see myself. and when i get it on the outside or inside its an auto ace, i can barely control where it hits. i do a kick serve second because it easily gets over the net and has tons of spin plus some power.

    i don't serve anything like sampras does there, my elbow is facing nearly straight up and it looks like i'm gonna let the racquet drop straight down behind me. i don't really jump neither. i'm only 5'11 so i don't understand why i don't jump because thats shorter than average pros and they jump. even if i throw the ball exceptionally high i still can't jump. i'm really lanky and i have long arms. does that have anything to do with it. i don't really feel taht i have to jump and if i do the ball has no power and flies really straight out or straight down hard. i don't get it.
     
  4. Grizvok

    Grizvok Semi-Pro

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    You should never ever focus on "jumping" while serving. Most pros feet will leave the ground while serving because they are exploding upwards towards the ball with the coiled up position they have created with their legs and upper bodies. The toss should be out in front on your first serve and you should force yourself to have to explode out and up to meet the ball. These things "may" lift you off the ground because of the uncoiling of the body.
     

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