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Old 01-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by LeeD View Post
Dead balls, maybe 90, live new balls, warm weather, high altitudes, maybe 110.
Height of bounce only matters from height of strikepoint. Taller players can bounce it higher.
A flat first serve can be hit by guys under 5'10" quite consistently if they can control their bodies during the serve, as a 5'8" Laver can attest.
Hey, thanks, LeeD

I didn't know that. That's interesting and makes sense. If you're 5,7 or 5,8 I can't imagine how you can strike the ball to bounce up and hit the fence before it drops.

Today I took out a hopper and tried to discover the serve stroke. I'm starting to see where I can get more power in this stroke. Flat serve, no matter how hard I struck it, wouldn't bounce up and perceivably out of opponent's hitting zone though. But hopefully it got enough pace to zip them by. Interestingly, one time in the midst of trying for more topspin, I hit a really crazy topspin that bounced clearly above the opponent's head if he was standing on the baseline, but sadly I wasn't conscious of the grip and the swingpath I was using. I couldn't replicate it afterward

Who's got better serve, Djokovic or Federer?
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