View Poll Results: How do you place your feet for a backhand serve in doubles?
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01-16-2007, 05:01 AM #86
I think it matters little more than what your comfortable with, experiment, find a stance, use it. Its the resulting serve/rally thats more important than if your feet are left or right forward.
01-16-2007, 06:09 AM #87Originally Posted by taneepak
01-16-2007, 06:19 AM #88Originally Posted by henmd111
01-16-2007, 06:53 AM #89Originally Posted by taneepak
01-16-2007, 07:13 PM #90Originally Posted by henmd111
Perhaps you are mixing 2-steps with 3-steps and 1-step with 2-steps.
01-18-2007, 04:02 AM #91Originally Posted by taneepak
01-18-2007, 10:32 PM #92Originally Posted by henmd111
02-17-2007, 09:56 PM #93
My coach (actually coach's sister) taught me to put my left foot forward when serving on the right side, and right foot forward when serving on the left side. Said I can get more power if I decide to do a flick serve and that you can get back easier or go forward too.
02-20-2007, 08:46 PM #94Originally Posted by Adone
03-10-2007, 02:59 PM #95Originally Posted by taneepak
The power in a backhand flick should come exclusively from the short arm/wrist/fingers movement, and especially from the grip tightening.
There is no need to move any other part of the body. Indeed, this is one advantage of backhand serves: by keeping the rest of the body still, it's easier to serve consistently.
Note that both Badminton England and Lee Jae Bok explicitly say that either foot may be forwards for backhand serves, or both feet level.
03-10-2007, 04:35 PM #96
I don't know how there would be less power. Power for the flick is mostly generated in the lower arm - your legs could be positioned however you want without significantly affecting that.
The pairing of the racquet leg and arm for other strokes is often to making reaching for the bird easier. For example, a right hander lunging on his left foot reaches across his body to get to the bird, so his reaching distance is decreased. This makes a big difference when distance needs to be covered (singles) but in many situations in doubles, stepping across with the non-racquet foot is fine.
03-11-2007, 08:08 PM #97
You can watch how they serve backhand, in MS, WS, MD, WD,XD, in the recent AE and see why it was always the right foot in front. When serving backhand you have to lead with the right shoulder, and the right foot in front is more optimal than the left foot in front to do this.
In the very early days the serve was always forehand, which had the left foot in front and the right hand behind. Then came the Indonesians with the backhand serve. Others, initially some not all, then changed to the backhand serve, some with the right foot in front and some with the left foot in front and some with both feet together. Now the left foot in front is seldom used.
03-12-2007, 05:50 AM #98Originally Posted by taneepak
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03-23-2007, 11:08 AM #99
wow, this thread is really interesting...read all pages...I always serve with my non-racquet foot forward coz 1 - its comfortable, and 2 - thats how we serve during singles...but I'll give racquet foot forward a try next monday night...
my current double sercive pretty much sucks so I guess this sould me the missing ingredient...!
03-23-2007, 04:35 PM #100
i just got used to the racket foot forward stance and it definitely feels better
it was hard to get use it at first because i used to use the whole arm to get enough power out of the flick serve, but now my arm isn't properly lined up for that same jerking motion and that helped me properly develop and use just my finger and wrist.
I like it a lot better although after the serve its harder to get back to base line if i play back and i'm serving from the right
03-24-2007, 09:35 AM #101
I'm slowly getting used to the racquet foot forward serve as well...its ok...not spectacular...yet...I have a question, are we allowed to use the whole arm for the serve or just the wrist action?
I like the wrist action because its what I'm used to with the non-racquet foot forward but I find my services more accurate when I use my whole arm in a sort of push action. I just wanted to know if this is illegal or not?
I'm not playing til monday so I marked out the net height on my wall and a short service line with a piece of polystirine about the size of an A4 paper to practice. My friends think I'm crazy, lol.
03-30-2007, 06:59 PM #102
push is okay, but i find it better in terms of hiding your serve if you keep your movement at a minimum by using only your wrist
its soooooooooooooo satisfying watching a better player fooled by your long flick serve
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