Roddick's Serve

#1
The following appeared in a recent London Sunday Times. Roddick gives us some insight into his huge serve. BTW, this is a huge lesson for us all, and not just for the serve!

One day I was practicing and got really mad, Roddick recalls. I just stepped up to the line and took a wicked swing at it without really going through the proper motions, and it went in, and I did it again and it went in again, and it was pretty hot, and the rest is history.

I started doing it that day, then I used it in a tournament and it worked well, felt good. It's completely natural. There's not a lot of thought put into it.

I get asked all the time how I get so much power in my serve, and I feel like an idiot because I never have an answer. It just happens. I've no idea where it comes from.

But since that day, it's just always there for me, the one thing I can rely on.

The article continues: From that day to this, his service action remains the same. And with that action he can serve flat, or kick the ball high and wide, or into the body, or slice it out of reach. As Roddick says, I just do whatever pops into my mind. I go with my gut. And I don't imagine it or think about it technically; I just do it.
 
#2
Hehehehe...Andy doesn't know where his power comes from? I'm sure many here where hoping he'd say "Why, it's the Babolat PD+ of course! Heck, my serves rarely break 100 with it." :lol:

And where is that shoulder injury everyone was saying Roddick would eventually develope?? This place and some of the folks are real pieces of work :roll:
 
#3
Andy may not know where his power comes from, but where do you guys think it comes from? Not from trunk rotation, because he has less than other top servers. I think it comes from his legs. He lands his left foot way inside the baseline and he has very little left lean and his right leg kicks straight back instead of towards the right. All upwards and forward movement.
 
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Free_Martha

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#4
It's all in his legs. Look how far deep his knees go before he serves. Nobody bends that far down.
 
#7
http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/CFW/imageResults.aspx?s=ImagesSearchState|0|15|0|1|||0|0|0|0|2|boris+becker&p=2

go to page 42
 
#8
There are many factors that make up Roddick's serve. However, IMHO to spend time analyzing every element of his serve is a waste of time. What has helped me the most is concentrating on finding the ball well. Afterall, that's what Roddick does on his forehand topspin. The power comes from timing and timing starts with finding the ball well. Less is more! Check out Oscar Wegner's site: http://www.tennisteacher.com

Lou Zebedeo
 
#9
A lot of power comes from driving from the legs. Test it out for yourself while practicing serves. The more drive from down low means more burst up top
 
#11
PusherMan said:
Hehehehe...Andy doesn't know where his power comes from? I'm sure many here where hoping he'd say "Why, it's the Babolat PD+ of course! Heck, my serves rarely break 100 with it." :lol:

And where is that shoulder injury everyone was saying Roddick would eventually develope?? This place and some of the folks are real pieces of work :roll:
Jesus, give it time, he's putting so much strain on it, it won't happen overnight, it'll develop over years, you wait and see!
 
#12
Are you sure, ProStaff, or are you just repeating what other people on the board have said? I know it's been said here pretty often, and, with the large number of Roddick detractors around here, it's quite possible that it started from someone's wishful thinking and spread.

I'm actually curious to see whether someone who actually knows what they're talking about, a professional in a health field, would agree with this prediction.

I don't know anything about you though, you just seem to be repeating what you heard somewhere else - if you consider yourself to be knowledgeable and do know the subject matter, my apologies.
 
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