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  • i look down at the birdie

    386 21.01%
  • i stare at my opponent

    571 31.08%
  • i look at where i am planning to hit

    418 22.75%
  • i look at empty space.

    221 12.03%
  • i look all over the place

    330 17.96%
  • other.

    205 11.16%
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivingBirdie
    stare at the closest spot for 2 seconds(i don't know what to call that, it's just the place short servers always serve at). suddenly stare at the opposite spot(the corner) and in that split second, hit a far ball instead( instead of the 2 places u looked at). i like doing that.

    like u guys said it's mind games
    I disagree, you should rather look at your opponent. Where's the racquet, how is the footstance? On those informations you get there you should decide where to serve and avoid faults on your serve.

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    look at the opponent before u serve, than at the ball when u serve

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    i'm still perfecting my serve, so i usually make sure everything is set and focus where i want to hit the shuttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajp25
    i'm still perfecting my serve, so i usually make sure everything is set and focus where i want to hit the shuttle.
    Hold the cork portion with your left hand fingers, use the racket frame to hit the feathers, so that the shuttlecork will perform somersaulting over the net, taking a irregular path of travel.

    You opponent will kneel down because they don't know where to wait for the shuttle...

    Thanks.

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    i look at my opponent and if where he stands exactly to check for a `weak`side that i could send my serve to and then i just try bluff and look everywhere and nowhere to make sure he has no idea what kind of serve iam up to send him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKChua
    Hold the cork portion with your left hand fingers, use the racket frame to hit the feathers, so that the shuttlecork will perform somersaulting over the net, taking a irregular path of travel.

    You opponent will kneel down because they don't know where to wait for the shuttle...

    Thanks.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there are rules of service which says that you aren't allowed to serve by hitting the feathers, it must be the cork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christoffer
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there are rules of service which says that you aren't allowed to serve by hitting the feathers, it must be the cork.
    OK... I will serve again.

    Hold the feather portion with your left hand fingers, use the racket frame to tab the cork, so that the shuttlecork will perform somersaulting over the net, taking a irregular path of travel.

    You opponent will kneel down because they don't know where to wait for the shuttle...

    Thanks.

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    I look at my opponents when i serve. I probably can serve with my eyes closed. hehehe.. just joking. I look at the shuttle first then i look at the opponent and serve.

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    I played against a player last night that looked at the intersection betweeen the trim and service lines but of course he can see me at the corner of his eye. He did this all game.

    I was totally uncomfortable as it was quite different...basically I tried to ignore it and just watch the shuttle and racket... but when he slows his service down I can't help but follow his eye briefly.

    I thought it would be more effective if it was done intermittently.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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    i had some training with my coach, and when i looked at him, i acutally served higher than usual. I guess its very different for everyone

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    1.look at oponent
    2.look at wherever iam going to place the shuttle (and look to see if he noticed that and then delibratly put it in a diffrent place)
    3.look at shuttle
    4.look at racket as i go to hit shuttle
    5.then follow shuttle to wherever it goes while getting ready to recive

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    I personally find I aim better (especially with forehand serve) to keep my eyes on the birdie.

    But sometimes when I do backhand serve (it seems much more natural to me), I sometimes stare at opponent and a lot of the time I force him to smile or laugh, and then have to restart...i like to break the ice sometimes :P!

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    I look at where my opponent is standing, the grip holding and the body balance, then at the birdie. Then I imagine how I'll play the rally in my head for 2-3 seconds (eg. attacking backhand, net area etc. ), then quick glance/stare at my opponent then back to the birdie and after that I hit.

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    Look where the opponent is standing and his stance, then just look at the net to serve

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    i look everywhere on that list.

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    You must cultivate a deliberate routine when you serve. First, check that your feet are not on the boundary line. Second, look at your opponent's feet to see if he or she has left an opening by standing too far back or too far to one side, and to see where he holds his or her racquet. Thirdly, look at the tape and target area to imprint the height and length needed in the mind, which activates the muscles. Lastly, try to forget your menacing opponent, look only at the shuttle as you serve. Be confident, as confidence is everything.

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    i look at the part of the ceiling that is directly above the opponents back tram lines. this realy does work and helps me keep to consistent length when playing in singles. However in doubles i tend to look where i want to hit it E.G just the other side of the service line. But this has obvious weaknesses as the oponent can find out where you are planning to hit the serve by simply looking at your eyes.

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