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Old 01-08-2013, 08:08 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Fuji View Post
That Groth serving is freaking amazing. Thanks a ton for the video!
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That being said, I've faced truly scary first serves from Div 1 guys and Futures players. It's amazing to face a 125MPH+ serve, and I'm usually lucky to get a half decent chop at it. If not I usually see a lightning fast green blur go by me!

-Fuji
It's fun to watch Groth. That guy destroys the ball with his brutal looking serve. His record serve was measured at 263kph (163.4mph).

Even more than Roddick, he's a big guy, 6'4" and weighing more than 200lbs, with unorthodox looking technique. It is interesting to note he gets extreme hip rotation into the serve (in my estimation - more than Roddick), launches his weight far into the court, and has a quick motion (no standing around in trophy pose).

We can say that being taller helps with hitting the serve hard and especially finding angles. Having good jumping ability also makes a difference. But in my personal observation on some of the rec courts of Southern California, the biggest issue is poor form.
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