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Thread: drive serves
05-09-2006, 10:15 AM #18Originally Posted by Gollum
Personally I find it easier to drive serve on the forehand. I can't get the speed on my backhand but that might just be a question of practice. I use it quite a lot and have found that it works best against taller players as it is difficult for them to smash it back as it is below their shoulder height. I once tried it on someone who was slightly below average height and they were easily able to smash it back to me.
It's also quite draining mentally because you have to be ready for the return to be hit at speed and so you have to focus on the drive and then also having your racquet up for the return and staying sharp. (mental focus is my weakpoint!)
05-09-2006, 10:19 AM #19
I agree with Gollum...it is possible but it is done right at the front of service line. Against intermediate players, I use this kind of serves all the time, and yes, I always make sure I do it in a legal way. It is very fast and very effective if the opponent does not know how to handle it. If I am playing advance players, I almost never use this kind of serve, because if you know how to handle it, it is a simple "smash" return...and to the side lines as well. If my opponent can recieve this kind of serve, trust me, I will only do it once. BTW, I am talking about doubles play.
TO receive it, for me, I stand just a little behind service line maybe between base and service line and squat a little. The squat will help you as this will allow you to return "smash" it.
Originally Posted by Gollum
05-09-2006, 11:29 AM #20
Yes, drive serve can be done legally. However, I find it easier to do legal drive serve doing a backhand than a forehand. As bchaiyow observed, it is quite dangerous to the server than to the receiver. Once I had an opponent who love to drive serve to me in a double game and I really love to watch his surprised face when the shuttle came down much harder than his serve. After a few times (I guess he was a slow learner), he did not do drive serve to me anymore.
05-09-2006, 01:29 PM #21
It is only worth using a drive serve if the receiver stands right at the front, very close to the short service line.
In this situation, it will be difficult for the receiver to react before the shuttle has passed him.
If the receiver is further back, he will have time to react. Do a low serve instead.
05-09-2006, 02:14 PM #22Originally Posted by Gollum
05-10-2006, 04:05 AM #23Originally Posted by crosscourt
I always drive down the line. I find that in the even court, the reach-around is too much for most people so even if there isn't that much pace on it, it is often effective. In the odd court against right-handed players, driving it down the line makes it difficult for an opponent to smash. By the time they move from their centre-left position all the way to the centre line, the serve has peaked and I have time to get in position. A flick serve down the centre line in the same situation gives most opponents the time to get back for a smash and most opponents I play against line up so far to their left that flicking to their back-left corner isn't so effective.
I stand a metre back from the front service line to enable the flatter trajectory that Gollum describes above. But then, I do short serves from the same position. I find that a low serve that peaks at the tape when I serve from a metre back will fall closer to the front service line. I find that when I stand further up, in order to avoid serving too short, I have to serve such that the peak is past the net tape and hence very inviting to attacking receivers.
05-10-2006, 06:22 AM #24Originally Posted by event
This advantage, however, is negated by fast receivers who will use the extra time to take the shuttle right off the tape, with a very tight net shot.
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