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sureshs 05-10-2014 10:12 AM

Feet wide apart on serve in platform
 
I am trying that. It forces knee bend and stretch of the muscles. I am talking about wider than what is comfortable. It also seems to anchor the body well during the swing and curb body movement during that time, leading to more focus on the ball and contact point.

heninfan99 05-10-2014 12:22 PM

That's cool. Funny thing is I'm going the other way, like Monfils. It feel way more supported with my feet closer together.

thatguymattin 05-12-2014 01:36 AM

Wouldn't Monfils be considered a pinpoint server even though he doesn't close his legs? His legs are still together, no? I too feel more support when my feet are closer together, but by doing that, I would not be able to get as much pronation or shoulder torque needed for a faster serve..

SpinToWin 05-12-2014 03:37 AM

I find it easier to get a good disguise with the feet wide apart during the serve platform (similar to Federer). With the pin point you'll find it easier to move your body into the court (creating pace and spin). The first technique is more taxing on the abdominals though I'd say.

Lukhas 05-12-2014 04:06 AM

^Federer is not wide enough. More like Sampras wide... or even Henman wide!
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/image...sampras270.jpg
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/T...r69CouV4Vl.jpg
EDIT: To be more precise, Federer's about standard, shoulder wide. In comparison he is much less extreme.
http://thehollywoodminute.typepad.co...61e8970b-800wi

Used to do it, but you need very strong legs to really lift yourself upwards towards the ball properly for a long match. Good results though.

SpinToWin 05-12-2014 04:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lukhas (Post 8361755)
^Federer is not wide enough. More like Sampras wide... or even Henman wide!
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/image...sampras270.jpg
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/T...r69CouV4Vl.jpg
EDIT: To be more precise, Federer's about standard, shoulder wide. In comparison he is much less extreme.
http://thehollywoodminute.typepad.co...61e8970b-800wi

Used to do it, but you need very strong legs to really lift yourself upwards towards the ball properly for a long match. Good results though.

Oh god, you pedant you ;)

heninfan99 05-12-2014 04:58 AM

Not sure since he created a new way. He doesn't step into or toe drag into it.
My feet aren't touching like his but are very close and works great.
It's the best of both worlds, IMO --no extra movements in the legs. I added some extra pop with this method and has zero effect on pronation.


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Originally Posted by thatguymattin (Post 8361620)
Wouldn't Monfils be considered a pinpoint server even though he doesn't close his legs? His legs are still together, no? I too feel more support when my feet are closer together, but by doing that, I would not be able to get as much pronation or shoulder torque needed for a faster serve..


Lukhas 05-12-2014 05:07 AM

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Originally Posted by SpinToWin (Post 8361823)
Oh god, you pedant you ;)

Stretch those legs! :twisted:

morandi 05-12-2014 10:37 AM

If you just copy everything that Fed does on his serve, you cannot go wrong.

sureshs 05-12-2014 10:38 AM

I am able to get a better and more steady look at the tossed ball if I keep the feet wide apart.

Raul_SJ 05-12-2014 10:51 AM

Precisely how far apart?

Feet much further apart than shoulder width will limit the upward thrust.

Rubens 05-12-2014 01:44 PM

Wide platform vs narrow platform vs pinpoint, it's really a matter of personal preference. As long as you don't force yourself to use the platform just to look like Federer. Now that would be pathetic.


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