Volleyball-like serve for tennis

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  1. 35ft6

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    For everybody who ever wondered why people didn't do a running-jump serve, not sure about the running part, but here's a guy who jumps.

    Also, check out the racket, it's got two-handles. I was going to play the "what is this guy's rating" game but screw it, his name is Brian Battistone and he's currently ranked 54 in the So Cal Men's Open Seeding List and just made it to the finals of a Futures in doubles alongside his brother. ATPtour.com shows he achieved an ATP high of 1322 in singles.

    Notice how he spins the racket after his toss. It's just insane. In person, you see his serves bouncing up over the returners head.
     
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  2. lilxjohnyy

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  3. Mister G

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    Ha! Good find. Thats the strangest tennis technique I've seen in a while.
     
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  4. raiden031

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    That is pretty weird but cool looking. I wonder where he would get a racquet like that. I bet his overhead is a killer.
     
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  5. Loco4Tennis

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    its a unique style, he definately seems to favor his right hand for everything,
    the racquet seems to be setup for semi western play also,
    its definately a racquet you can't just pick up and play with right away
    does anyone know if this are racquets that coaches would use to train people the two handed game??
     
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  7. mrHan

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    wow... that is neat. He tosses with the same hand also. I'll have to try it.
     
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  8. 35ft6

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    Also, in person, his groundstrokes look much nastier. Very penetrating.
     
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  9. In D Zone

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    Jumping serve propels you forward; no time to move back to the base. If you are going for this serve, you'll be playing S&V game. You got to be strong going to the net, otherwise you'll get stuck in no man's land.
     
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  11. There was a chap from either India or Pakistan on my league last year. I think his serve was modeled or learned based on the approach of pitching in cricket. He started 5 or 6 ft. behind the baseline and ran up. Unique? yes. Effective? No. Variety? No. Consistent? No.
     
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  12. OrangeOne

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    ...Legal? No.

    As for the OP - this guy has been discussed before on here in a few threads 35ft6, if you search you'll find other threads I think, not that I'm down on this thread as this is the first I've seen with video...and good video at that!
     
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  13. Mike Cottrill

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    I heard about this guy and the two handle stick a while back.
    By time he reaches the back stretch, the form looks normal except he like 36" off the ground and into the court. Incredible. Any idea how tall he is?
     
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  14. Holy crap, you're right. I never thought about that. I guess if it had put him at an advantage, someone might have thought about it.
     
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  15. samster

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    WHY is this jump serve not legal? I am asking because I really don't know the answer. Thanks.
     
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  16. califsurferboy33

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    this jump serve is legal...running up is not legal though. you are only allowed to take 2 steps before you serve. the pro player youzyny takes the maximum of 2 steps. roddicks serve is actually like this serve, you just can't see it. he actually tosses the ball from 1 to 2 feet infront of him and jumps up to hit it. the reason y his serve/pros serves are better then this kids' is because they coil their bodies much easier in order for more potential energy.
     
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  17. Hot Sauce

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    It seems pretty tiring to do.
     
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  18. Tennisguy777

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    If it is not legal how is he getting away with it at tourneys someone would call him on it.
     
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  19. StealthGnome

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    How would he volley...?
    He must find a way because of his ranking. Very interesting.
     
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  20. Deuce

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    Texan Steve Denton used to run into his serves somewhat.
    He had one of the biggest serves in the 80s.
     
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  21. scotus

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    So how fast does this guy serve?

    Is there a real advantage to jumping so high?
     
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  22. Danapoint

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    I watched him serve last week in the Futures tourney...he's about 6'-2+ and with the jump and arm extension+racquet ( he has a high toss) he must be contacting the ball at about 9'-10' in the air and the bounce off the receivers court is up about head level of most receivers ...most had a tough time returning it, but when it was windy his % dropped. Was amazing to watch all the machinations he goes through.
     
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