Best serve technique

FuZz_Da_AcE

Rookie
Simple question: Who has the best serve technique in the game? doesn't necessarily have to be roddick or karlovic...
 

Galactus

Banned
For any player learning technique-wise, Roger Federer, no question -I don't think there's anything you can fault with his serve. It's incredibly simple, text-book, but so effective.

I also hear a lot of USPTA coaches are now looking at the Andy Roddick action when teaching youngsters, with the emphasis on power/speed atained from it, especially the positioning of the feet/legs...
 

safin_protege

Semi-Pro
Right now- Roger Federer. I think it is easier for beginners to learn the serve off him, because he is very consistent and puts spin on the ball to keep it in the box. I recommended a friend to watch Federer to learn how to serve and he has a very good slice serve for a beginner.
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
I've always thought that Micheal Stich when he was still an active player had the smoothest and simplest serving action I've seen. Yet it was powerful and consistent; can't remember him dropping serve that often. His serving technique was also effective on clay as I think he reached the French Open final before.....
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
FuZz_Da_AcE said:
Simple question: Who has the best serve technique in the game? doesn't necessarily have to be roddick or karlovic...
Pete Sampras
Stefan Edberg
Goran Ivanisevic
Boris Becker
John McEnroe
Pat Rafter
Roger Federer
Mark Philippoussis
Yannick Noah
Greg Rusedski
Joachim Johansson
Marcos Baghdatis

don't know if they had the most efficient technique... i think so but anyway i found their serves "esthetical" !
some players, you enjoy their aces, find them exciting :D ... other players...... schmbof...... :-|

when i was a kid i, i was receving the BBC in brittany... when there was sunny weather above the Channel ! there was often "snow" on the screen (i don't know how you say that in english ;) ) but it was easy to recognize some players with their characteristic serving gestures... kinda "charismatic serve" ?!
 

Freedom

Professional
Federer has a beautiful serve.

Haven't a lot of people who tried to copy Roddick's motion gotten injured? I don't think it's good to emulate, both because it may hurt you, and it's hard to do.
 

allez

New User
Pete Sampras - Perfect motion, nothing is wasted, optimal for power

Federer - grace and elegant, accurate and spinny, do everything with ease

Justin Henin - gives hope to average folks. If you don't have the physique like Pete or can't do it like Pete, at least you can learn from JHH. She does a lot of the things (should rotation, wrist snap, knee bend, back bend, hit the ball up instead of forward. etc) Pete does with a frail 5'5" frame. She is just not as fluid as Pete.

Rodick - gives you tennis elbow and/or wrist problem. Speed alone does not cause a lot of problem at the advance level, especially you can't serve up to 120+ consistently.
 

SAMPRAS

Semi-Pro
PETE SAMPRAS

He served a career-high 1,011 aces in 1993 to lead ATP circuit; also led in 1995 with 974 aces.

An accurate and powerful first serve, one of (or arguably) the best of all-time, leading to the nickname 'Pistol Pete';
a second serve nearly as powerful as his first, possibly his most dangerous weapon;
 

Grigollif1

Semi-Pro
SAMPRAS said:
PETE SAMPRAS

He served a career-high 1,011 aces in 1993 to lead ATP circuit; also led in 1995 with 974 aces.

An accurate and powerful first serve, one of (or arguably) the best of all-time, leading to the nickname 'Pistol Pete';
a second serve nearly as powerful as his first, possibly his most dangerous weapon;

Something inside, was telling me that you're going to say that SAMPRAS.:p
 

Mugatu

Rookie
pete, philipousis, fedex

worst technique: hrbaty - i just find his ball toss so painfully frustrating to watch
 

Grigollif1

Semi-Pro
I agree with most people here, that Roger Federer has the best overall service motion. Very simple, smooth and straight to the point. Sampras had a great serve, problably the best but, his service motion is very hard to emulate. He had his front foot completely parallel to the line and his body rotation was to big for a club player to have any kind of efficiency.
 

Grigollif1

Semi-Pro


Try to imitate that, to see what comes out. Look at that front foot, is not even parallel to the baseline is in a negative angle. With that much rotation, you have to be a world class player to be able to time it correctly, and have sucess with it.
 

SAMPRAS

Semi-Pro
Grigollif1 said:


Try to imitate that, to see what comes out. Look at that front foot, is not even parallel to the baseline is in a negative angle. With that much rotation, you have to be a world class player to be able to time it correctly, and have sucess with it.

IT's very difficult to imitate him -it's imposible to do it :)
 

bb47

Rookie
Safin has a good serve motion - looks almost casual.
Fed is the best though - when I watch his serve I can't help feeling that his racquet is soo head heavy :)) How can he do it ???
 

Galactus

Banned
SAMPRAS said:
PETE SAMPRAS
He served a career-high 1,011 aces in 1993 to lead ATP circuit; also led in 1995 with 974 aces.
An accurate and powerful first serve, one of (or arguably) the best of all-time, leading to the nickname 'Pistol Pete'; a second serve nearly as powerful as his first, possibly his most dangerous weapon;
Grigollif1 said:
Something inside, was telling me that you're going to say that SAMPRAS
And something inside is telling me that I read that first quote on Wikipedia... ;)
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
SAMPRAS said:
PETE SAMPRAS

He served a career-high 1,011 aces in 1993 to lead ATP circuit; also led in 1995 with 974 aces.

An accurate and powerful first serve, one of (or arguably) the best of all-time, leading to the nickname 'Pistol Pete';
a second serve nearly as powerful as his first, possibly his most dangerous weapon;
GORAN IVANISEVIC
1994-Led the tour in aces with 1,169
1996 Broke his record of most aces on ATP by firing 1,477
1998 - Led ATP in aces (1,065)
Blasted a tournament record 206 and 213 aces.

Goran led the ATP in aces 5 or 6 times, I can't recall, and has the all time's record for aces with over 10,000 since 1991.
 

LN_Dad

Semi-Pro
Say Chi Sin Lo said:
I'd say Patrick Rafter, but i dont think anyone should learn off of him. So many things have to be right for that motionto work.
You think? His motion looks very unorthodox to me and his grip looks like an eastern grip. He must have taught himself this and had success with it so the coaches never fixed it.
 

OkStateFan

New User
Roscoe Tanner had a pretty sweet serve, but like many others you wouldnt want to emulate it because u have to time everything perfectly to get it down.
 

AngeloDS

Hall of Fame
I can't believe you guys...

How could you guys forget Marcos Baghdatis? Federer had problems with his first serves, and even the top 10 had problems with his first serves... Heck he even out-aced Andy Roddick!

130+ MPH heavy first serves planted perfectly into the corners!
 

JennyS

Hall of Fame
Andy Roddick. It's simple and gets the job done. And contrary to what some believe, I think it's actually easier on the shoulder since the shoulder doesn't have to rotate around the way it would on the textbook service motion. Roddick probably puts less stress on his shoudlder.

Federer and Sampras's serves are prettier though, but it's not figure skating.
 

ask1ed

Semi-Pro
Queensryche said:
Pete Sampras.

The perfect motion.

Heck even the ATP logo looks like him
Sampras no doubt. He's 6'1", and led the tour with aces, esp. under pressure, almost every year, only beaten by Ivanisevich once or twice. Ivo is 6'5", a huge ad. on serve. It's a fast, smooth delivery, bar none, flexible, effortless, choke proof, able to hit any line with any serve from the same toss.
 

156MPHserve

Professional
AngeloDS said:
I can't believe you guys...

How could you guys forget Marcos Baghdatis?
Nice one... with the between the legs drill...

Anyway, I LOVE Safin's serve... it's so agressively beautiful...

Federer's serve is just SMOOTH. It's amazing how he keeps perfect balance. In my humble opinion, Federer only serves at about 75% to keep perfect balance. If he is really trying to ace, you will see him land in a completely different way. I think his balance is also what gives him his pinpoint accuracy.
 

vive le beau jeu !

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AngeloDS said:
I can't believe you guys...

How could you guys forget Marcos Baghdatis? Federer had problems with his first serves, and even the top 10 had problems with his first serves... Heck he even out-aced Andy Roddick!

130+ MPH heavy first serves planted perfectly into the corners!
oops you're right i forgot marcos in my list :cool:
 
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