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Offline thephoenixforce

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« on: April 03, 2006, 04:48:13 PM »
Ok, about a year ago i developed a fairly ok topspin serve, i brush up on the ball fairly hard and it dips really well but the problem is i cant ever get it to bounce the way it should, and its getting pretty annoying


so, do you have any suggestions as to how i can get the serve to bounce more as it should?

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006, 04:49:26 PM »
What grip are you using for the serve?

The spin serves take time to develop.  The more you use it the more spin you get, plus it is always tough to see the spin on your own serves.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2006, 04:55:59 PM »
i serve and play with a western grip but i hold it really loosely

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2006, 05:21:15 PM »
You serve with a western grip?  Thats interesting.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2006, 05:39:12 PM »
yeah, im an odd person, and i play tennis like it too

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2006, 06:55:29 PM »
Have you ever tried serving with a continental grip?
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2006, 07:07:19 PM »
not that i can remember, i have a match tommorrow, i'll try it

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2006, 07:27:29 PM »
I don't know if its such a good idea to just go out and try it in a match.  I know the first time I used a continental grip I couldn't serve at all.  And now, I probably couldn't serve western if I wanted, although I can vary my serve.

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2006, 07:33:56 PM »
i have to say, that i double fault enough that it most likely wont matter


haha

i most likely wont be playing tommorrow anyway, my serve was in an awful state during tryouts, and now we have matches everday so i cant challenge, grr

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2006, 09:37:50 PM »
I would def. recommend using the continental grip on your serve. I use I think its backhand eastern on my slice serves but I've never tried western. Porly wouldn't try it in a match either. Just go to the courts w. some balls and get some practice in that way.

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2006, 09:38:49 PM »
alright, i'll try it, im most likely sitting out tommorrow anyway so... it doesnt matter right now

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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2006, 10:03:01 PM »
Are you bending your knees?

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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2006, 10:09:55 PM »
yeah

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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2006, 12:35:46 AM »
are you pronating? ;;)

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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2006, 06:35:22 AM »
Echoing what others have said, you need to change your grip.  The western grip is for groundstrokes, not serves.  The continental is pretty basic.  Just "shake hands" with the racket and you're set.
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2006, 11:16:41 AM »
yup, i agree. i have too much spin, so that it sometimes goes in the net...  :( i can't slice it too much.

my coach has also recommended just doing drills:

1. hold your racquet continental
2. do the back scratch (pull your racquet on your back with elbow beside your ears)
3. throw a ball in front of you
4. just come up with the racquet from behind and follow through

you can do this with just a normal open stance (shoulder width apart)
coach said this is a drill trying to teach you to put spin on your serve, hitting the ball like you're trying to slice it on the side.
what the ball should do is have enough spin to bounce about 6-8 feet in the air.

just a drill. :shakey: it helped me a lot with putting spins in my serves.
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2006, 11:17:18 AM »
I wish I could help you...my serve is flat



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