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Old 01-29-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Hitting up vs. Brushing up on the serve

"Make sure you hit up on the ball." It's an extremely common piece of advice on the serve, but it's a bit unclear. I always took it to mean brushing up the back of the ball with a closed racket face (perpendicular to the ground).

While learning how to serve a volleyball, I began to wonder if I misinterpreted. To serve a volleyball overhand, you have to, very litterally, hit up. That means the hand would be angled upward on contact.

Considering this, I wondered if players should be "hitting up" in this manner on a tennis serve as well.

I tried it out and had some mixed results. My 1st serve seemed to benefit. It got a little more powerful and went in with pretty good consistency. Topspin serve got less consistent though. I'm not sure where I stand on this issue.

Thoughts on this?
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