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Old 08-03-2006, 05:21 PM   #1
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I have just been taught the topspin serve. I need some advice because I need to know wether I need to change my footwork to gain additional topspin. I have been taught that the topspin serve should be strook from 7 "o" clock to 2 "o" clock but Iam still having trouble. I seem to be hitting the hybrid serve rather than the topspin serve so I would be grateful if anyone could give me some advice!
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:33 PM   #2
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You mean a kick serve ?

This is the serve I use for my 2nd serve. My 2nd serve is highly consistent although slower than I'd like; over 70 mph. But my placement allows me to usually bring a player out a bit to compensate for this slower pace (I can hit it harder but get lazy on 2nd's; my first serve is smoking)

Aim for 7 O' Clock to 1 O' Clock to maximize the Topspin.

I use an Eastern Grip on my second serve.

http://www.working-well.org/articles..._grip_back.gif

And most importantly; while serving properly ...

Have confidence. It will land in.
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Old 08-04-2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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Thanks, but do I need to change my footwork at all because I am having trouble. I am able to put the topspin on the serve, but if I really go for the serve I just hit slice serve instead of a heavy topspin serve. My back foot is about 5 degrees angle behind my front foot. I then bring my back foot next to my front foot and bed my legs. I then accelerate upwards ino the ball. My first serve is powerful but do I need to change my footwork tobe able to hit the kick serve?
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I would also like to know if the hybrid serve is consistent as well.
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Thanks, but do I need to change my footwork at all because I am having trouble. I am able to put the topspin on the serve, but if I really go for the serve I just hit slice serve instead of a heavy topspin serve. My back foot is about 5 degrees angle behind my front foot. I then bring my back foot next to my front foot and bed my legs. I then accelerate upwards ino the ball. My first serve is powerful but do I need to change my footwork tobe able to hit the kick serve?
I cant think of how to tell you to use your feet without seeing this live in action, but your left foot is in front of the right foot (obviously), my front foot tends to be angles more laterally to the baseline while my rear foot is angled more away from the line, the two feet are 'shoulders width' apart ......

(This probably isn't helping)

It is not so much as acclerating upwards, but more 'up and into' or forward into the ball and moreso important than your placement of your feet, is the placement of the ball during the toss and when making contact.

My 1st serve smokes (about 110mph to 115mph) and has the same footwork as my 2nd serve (the Kick); I cannot think of anythign I do differenty there.

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What problem are you having with your serve exactly ? A lack of topspin ? This would not be due to footwork moreso than how you are attacking the ball with the racquest.

It is a serve that will require practice (Since you have just learned it). Just keep doing it as explained above, and suddenly you'll see it start to drop in with great regularity. The kick is not designed to be a fast serve more than it is a safe serve.

Hope this helps
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I have been taught to attack the ball as much as I do on the first serve but I am having problems putting the topspin on the ball if I do everything the same as on the first serve. All I have been taught to do differently on my second serve is throw the ball further to the left on my ball toss and to strike the ball from 7 0' clock to 2 0' clock. Do I need to rotate my body anymore?
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I'd concentrate more on the wrist and follow-though after contact.
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My should are racket finish after I have hit the serve?
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I think you mean Where ?

* Where should my racket finish after I have hit the serve?

Aim for 7 O' Clock to 1 O' Clock to maximize the Topspin.
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