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  • Non-racquet foot forward

    348 19.73%
  • Racquet foot forward

    1,077 61.05%
  • Both feet (roughly) square to the net

    173 9.81%
  • It varies, depending on which side I serve from

    166 9.41%
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    When i Put my racket foot foward is when i do a short serve like the picuter above. But when I'm going to do a "clearing" serve I'll have my racket leg in back. And when I'm in the position of my clearing serve... I most of the time opt to go short serve but from my side with my racket foot in back also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum View Post
    But 100m sprinters only need to move in one direction: forwards.

    Different foot configurations are good for different directions of movement. In any case, you should be making a split drop after serving.
    I backhand serve with my non-racket leg in front. I find this is easiler for me to move 1 step forward after serving to intercept possible net shot return by my opponent, any shots hit behind me is my partner's shot.

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    racket foot forward.
    Only other option i would consider is feet square or fairly square. But then straight away you are out of position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laivc View Post
    I backhand serve with my non-racket leg in front. I find this is easiler for me to move 1 step forward after serving to intercept possible net shot return by my opponent, any shots hit behind me is my partner's shot.
    Sorry, I make a mistake saying I have my non racket foot forward. I only realised yesterday during play that my racket foot is in front. Sorry again for error.

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    Racquet foot forward
    its faster to reach the net and execute net kills
    Also, can push off my racquet foot to move to back in case i have to cover the back

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    Sorry if this point has already been stated. But recently I learnt that , having your non-racket foot forward can be helpfull for one more reason than I had previously thought!!

    Try this , have your racket foot forward and serving , and then your non racket foot serving. The non-racket foot is closer to the net , by approximateley 6 inches.

    This means that the shuttle doesn't have to travel as far , and the opponent has less time to react.

    Once again I apologise if this point has already been said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisss View Post
    Sorry if this point has already been stated. But recently I learnt that , having your non-racket foot forward can be helpfull for one more reason than I had previously thought!!

    Try this , have your racket foot forward and serving , and then your non racket foot serving. The non-racket foot is closer to the net , by approximateley 6 inches.

    This means that the shuttle doesn't have to travel as far , and the opponent has less time to react.

    Once again I apologise if this point has already been said.
    I have to disagree. If you have either foot right at the "T", they're the same distance from the net. Your experiment must be flawed as all factors must be consistent to obtain a credible scientific result.

    Also think about this. Imagine lunging at the net for a drop shot? Which foot do you lead with? The racket foot. Why? Other than good footwork, it gets you closer to the net than the non-racket foot. Try it.

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    interesting question!
    sometimes its both feet equally and some time its the non-racket foot.

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    Straight low serve
    1. For right handed players is right foot in front.
    2. Pinch the feather with thumb and a finger with the shuttle direction straight horizontal.
    3. Face of your racket head to contact the shuttle at or about 90 degrees.
    4. Small momentum carries your racket forward in a straight manner. The distance of momentum not more than your maximum wrist rotation. If you lift your hand or wrist the bird will go higher away than the white tape of the net, vice versa.
    To serve low to the side of your opponent
    1. The shuttle direction to left or right. It is your choice!

    Happy serving low!

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    i was always told whatever feels natural to you. You probably wouldn't want to serve in an awkward position and miss would you?

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    you are freaking everywhere in this forum using the same clip. damn irritating. can u bloody stop it. moderators, please ....

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    definitly racquet foot forward when I do a backhand serve

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    This is a discussion that can go on indefinately.

    The important aspect here, first of all is how comfortable is your stance when making the serve.

    The second important point is the movement of the racket - can the server consistently play a tight serve?

    The third point here is whether the server has the ability to retrieve the next shot if it's returned in an area they should be covering.

    If you can consistently do all three of the above, then foot placement is irrelevant.

    To your success.

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    This is about foot placement when serving as well:

    How close/far from the T should you stand when you are serving?

    I usually toe the line, and then get up on my tip toes when I serve, but I have noticed some players stand even a foot back to serve, so they can get their serve flatter as it crosses the net.

    What are your thoughts on this? Should I continue to toe the line or try serving from a little bit further back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    This is a discussion that can go on indefinately.

    The important aspect here, first of all is how comfortable is your stance when making the serve.

    The second important point is the movement of the racket - can the server consistently play a tight serve?

    The third point here is whether the server has the ability to retrieve the next shot if it's returned in an area they should be covering.

    If you can consistently do all three of the above, then foot placement is irrelevant.

    To your success.

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    You could use that logic about every single shot in the game - yet, you don't say to your rookies "do what feels the most comfortable". I've seen people who used pan handle, yet were still able to clear without any sort of trouble since they had awesome foot-work to compensate. I don't think you'll disagree that they would've been better off had they used a proper technique and not what felt the best.

    Standing with the non-racket foot forward has a couple of cons which are pretty big:

    1) less room for the rackets backswing which makes it more likely that you'll hit your own body with your rackethead.

    2) When setting off from the center, everyone sets off with their non-racket foot - by standing with this one forward, you'll be slower at getting to the net, than someone who has already placed his jump foot behind him.

    How comfortable you are is something you'll get by doing something loads of time - heck, in the beginning I think most of us were more comfortable using the panhandle, yet we were all trained how to do it properly so that holding it right is now what feels the most comfortable.

    To your improvement.

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    i measure, before a game, how many steps it'd take for me to move back to the doubles service line, and find a comfortable spot accordingly. normally its as close to the net as possible

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