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[tennisbiz] Re: Stopping student from leaning in too early on serve

From: Hans Leis <>
Date: Tue 21 Oct 2003 10:20:21 -0500

Leaning in on serve might be a result of one or all three concepts:

1.Student has incorrect concept of serve sequence to gain speed or spin.
2.Student is preoccupied with getting into the net quickly.
3.Student does not understand the concept of speed/spin ratio.

If #1 - Full leg extension upwards with full arm extension upwards and
higher contact point - "Hit up to hit down". Probably will need a higher
toss or contact ball at a higher point. Higher contact point reduces
margin of error.

If #2 - Correct speed/spin ratio will get you further into the court(or
cause a float return) if you want a first volley. Flat serve will give
you more speed and higher probability of weaker return, but less
probability of hitting a volley. Heavy spin serve gives you higher
margin of error and more time to get in, but opponent has more time to
set up the return.

If #3 - The most successful servers have high ratios of speed to spin.
This ratio can only be created if the contact on the ball is for a
longer period of time than for a predominant speed or predominant spin
serve -

Assume ball is a clock face -

Total speed serve(flat)- contact ball on the nose of clock.

Total spin serve- contact ball at 1:00

Best Choice - Half Spin/Half speed serve - Contact ball at 7:00 and
brush up through 1:00 - "hit up to hit down".
Serving action will involve the timing of the pronation of forearm(for
speed) with the extension of the triceps(brushing up for spin).

Received on Tue Oct 21 2003 - 14:25:44 CDT

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