what if i post a vid of it going over 120+ mph?Not bashing him, he obviously hits with good pace, but he has to show the whole motion, and make sure the ball lands in.
i don't doubt that your serve is absolutely ugly, but if you had taken the time to do some searching, you would've found the older vids i posted of my serve. i won't bother even posting them for you because you don't sound like a person who's worth having a conversation with.He won't post because his serve looks like a beginners serve, looks even worse than mine lol, and mine looks pretty bad.
The way it looks, beginner or not-----if he is able to hit that speed and get it in is all that really matters. Schen Schalken (spelling??) had a nasty looking serve, but he hit it with good pace/spin and was a top pro.He won't post because his serve looks like a beginners serve, looks even worse than mine lol, and mine looks pretty bad.
i can send it just to you drak, but i'm not posting it yet. email?I am more interested in seeing Boojay's motion now compared to what it was like a few months ago, and his placement. Also, what the ball looks like coming off his racquet, especially with how slow the ball appears on youtube.
If you email them, be sure to include a signature campaign to rename it to SpeedDrakX 100+ , add a neon green light around its perimeter which glows with lightsaber sound effects whenever it measures a 3 digit speed, and says "You are in the circle of trust".that's exactly what i refer to it as!! lol we have to thank him and send mail to optics planet asking them for commission for drak.
that sounds too cool, actually.If you email them, be sure to include a signature campaign to rename it to SpeedDrakX 100+ , add a neon green light around its perimeter which glows with lightsaber sound effects whenever it measures a 3 digit speed, and says "You are in the circle of trust".
LMFAO. Toon funny! But i like!!!!If you email them, be sure to include a signature campaign to rename it to SpeedDrakX 100+ , add a neon green light around its perimeter which glows with lightsaber sound effects whenever it measures a 3 digit speed, and says "You are in the circle of trust".
Coudl you please explain this, it is very confusing. What does string tension have to do with the speed the serve was clocked at?the movement seems very slow to have a serve with the speed stated, either the string tension was too low, yes less that 70lbs, even les than 55,
Here you are correct. The speed shown by the radar is slow by about 3-5 mph. This was proven thru a formula, which calculates serve speed using a frame by frame of the video and distance traveled from contact with the racquet and ground. So the speed of the fastest serve (108 mph) was actually around 111-113 mph.or the radar gun wasnt working well, which i have some experience with.
Couple of things. When I first posted these videos, as you remember I had a bruise on the arch of my left foot, which turned out to be a small tear. Because it hurt, it did not allow me to:drakulie, i've been studying your videos and i've noticed you don't have any follow through on your serve. It looks quite odd, compared to the pros, who have quite an extensive follow through. Is there a reason for this?
You have some unorthodox form, but hey, whatever works for you.Here are some videos of me serving over 100 mph.
Some information before we begin:
Racquet : PS 85
String: Ashaway Kevlar Crossfire II , 16 gauge
Tension: 70 lbs.
Tennis Balls: regular Wilson/Penn balls 1-3 weeks old pulled out of my bag.
Shoe: Oscillates, LOL
Video Camera: Kodak 30 fps
Radar Gun: speed track II.
The back fence is a little over 21 feet from the baseline.
Here are two serves I took as soon as I got the radar gun. It was dark out but I just could not wait to play with my new toy. One is 103 MPH, and the second is 107 MPH.
Lastly, not sure if you could tell but I was unable to jump and explode into the ball as the arch on my left foot is bruised. As a result, I don't leave the ground and land inside the court as it was too painful.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.You have some unorthodox form, but hey, whatever works for you.
I have no idea. I haven't tried serving with a soaked ball. Does it matter? Why do you care whether a soaked ball is faster or slower?maverick1 is there any difference between the speed of serves when the tennis ball is soaked in water and one that is dry?
(Soak the ball in water and then smash it. Then once the water is gone the ball should be fluffy and damp)
Mike,Mav, Have you compaired the gun to the slow mo video of your video camera and formula?
Thanks Mav. Did you use the slow-mo mode on the camera? Interesting that some are close and others are off more than 10%.Here are the readings( mph)
#, Radar, Formula
1, 72, 74.9
2, 76, 86.1
3, 84, 88.6
4, 82, 78.3
5, 74, 78.3
6, 74, 80.6
7, 81, 86.1
8, 83, 86.1
9, 80, 82.0
10, 72, 82.0.
Your serve looks great, but I bet you'll get more pace if you let your racket continue on around your left side after you hit the ball (on the follow-through).
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I am however a little perplexed why you would say "unorthodox form" based on the two serves you used to make that assessment, especially since those two serves are in the dark and you can't see my service motion.
Here are some serves during the day:
If you still feel they are "unorthodox", to each his own. To answer your question, "yes they do work".
I feel the SpeedDrakX, when placed half way between service line and net, understates speed by 7 to 10 mph. But I think you found the difference to be smaller. I am confused.Mav, anymore updates?? After calculating your own serves against the radar and seeing the differences first hand, what would you say the difference in mph is between the serves I posted??
I actually think it is the Radar that is fraught with problems. I don't trust it much at all. If you hit 10 serves with about the same effort, I guarantee you will come up with bigger variation in speeds with the radar than with the framecount/distance method.Yeah, if you remember from the formula thread, I definitely felt something was off....not necessarily the formula, but perhaps "pilot error" on our part. When trying to decide how many frames, or the "actual distance" this may be where it got a little tricky.
Based on my best judgment(if it is possible to objective about your own serve), my first serves that I don't mishit/mistime are now 90+mph. Not worth bragging about, but for me that is significant improvement. They hit the back fence on once bounce if they land deep in the box and are close to the T, occasionally as high as 3 feet. I am using old balls in chilly weather on hard courts. Fences are 21 ft behind the baseline.By the way, what is your fastest serve so far, and what do you feel you are averaging??
Thanks Drak, both for the compliment and tips you passed on. Tossing arm more parallel to baseline was all due to you.Mav, great job!! Yeah your serve has shown definite improvement. The mechanics are so much better and smoother. Do you feel your serve is giving your opponents more problems as of late??
For serves, the PS85 is my favorite. I have tried the Babolat PDR, The Federer 90, and others.Are you playing your matches with the PS 85?? I noticed you were hitting with one in your serve vids. YEAH BABY!! IT ROCKS! If so, how do you feel it compares to the other racquet you were/are using??