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Drive Serve Technique

drive-serveThe 2-Step Drive; the most powerful service delivery

1. Stand left foot in front of right toeing the back line (short line) with feet about a shoulder’s width apart. (Don’t bend over at the waist like MJ Vargas or Chris Crowther because they go down twice, neither that well; do it more like Kane and Paola. Do crouch slightly in athletic body position, with knees bent and hips flexed.

2. Left foot is pretty straight along line toes pointed at right wall and back foot angled, with heel inside line, as you find comfortable to balance you in this ready, check out receiver, pick serve spot, get ready to attack mode.

3. Step up with right foot foot landing to the left side and just trailing the left foot in position parallel to the left foot (at same time I like to lift my racquet like a funambulist (tight-rope walker) on a high wire using my arms to counter my feet close together).

4. This is partial ready position with arms and body that will get bigger and fuller prepped as feet move.

5. Off arm is drawn in slightly toward you, with palm down and ball held inside tips of left hand fingers and they’re ready to toss the ball sideways towards the front of the box. (I like a little over spin toss but not super fast because I wanna catch up to my toss right in time as I peak my forward swing to light up the ball).

6. Left foot is ready (with off arm) to both go in a crossover and toss landing in a partially closed stance still with chest up and ball moving sideways and dropping to shin height contact.

7. Toss ball and crossover and as the left foot lands right-away auto kicks back to back foot.

8. After press back actually complete racquet back prep and tuck away the stroking shoulder while you’re also spreading out the off arm like you’re loading a bow pushing away bow with left hand and drawing back arrow racquet with right arm elbow first.

9. Cock front knee away, piston down on back foot, and then open front foot pointing toes forward.

9. Push from back to front foot, as you begin to draw in off arm and begin throwing motion with racquet arm in first a loop down of racquet with toss back of your hand and arc of elbow forward.

10. Move sideways or hip sway first side-to-side while bending legs with knees driving to point forward all the while moving across front foot.

11. With front leg plié and back leg and back side leading/driving move, flip the back hip.

12. Use core to turn your middle while pulling along the trailing now, pointing back forearm and racquet head that’s dropping from shoulder to contact height, with elbow leading.

13. As core and body turn spins the shoulders inwards, sling arm out just as elbow is reaching the trail side of hitting shoulder.

14. Keep bending knees and getting lower although keep chest up focusing on ball an arms length and a racquet head away.

15. Extend (AND TURN OVER) forearm, as it flows out toward ball contact after passing butt to target interim point.

16. Right before full arm arrow and ball contact (about 1′ before) begin snap where both the forearm and wrist mesh together and spiral over with a decided elbow spin, too.

17. Go from palm up (and forearm) and wrist cupped, knuckles drawn to back of forearm, while narrowing spacing between upper arm and lower arm torquing up the whole arm at and above and below elbow and of course wrist hinging.

18. Back to front corkscrew of arm + wrist has racquet face rise like a wave, peak, and (while facing our to sidewall) crash over thru ball impact — < I feel my racquet face is slightly beveled or pointing slightly downwards to lower on the front wall thru ball contact >. After contact my palm and forearm are palm down due to the pro-nation turn over and wrist declination or windshield wiper combo motion.

19. Make contact uniform in two ways: (1) make the impact point off shoulder or just out in front of the hitting shoulder just like you should when you stroke your rally forehands (and that should be your movement, approach and stance setting key and #1 goal, getting behind the ball and a reach away so you can move in and attack the ball off-shoulder; and (2) ball drop (or toss) at the same uniform spot each time so your intentions for your serve to either the deep, left corner or deep, right corner is disguised and both are equally honored by your center court glued receiver.

20. Go for some natural topspin to your motion so that the ball strikes the front wall, caroms off, bounces (either just past the short line or deeper and going back to Robin Hood directly in the corner) and after the ball bounces it retains that over spin causing the ball to stay lower and scoot along the floor.

21. Front target is felt VS ever looked at. It’s math and feel. Just under halfway between your ball contact and the corner you’re aiming for (or part of sidewall you’re attacking to angle the ball off at your receiver) is your front wall target. Feel for that target and find that target with your racquet flow, how you spiral your racquet thru the ball timing your racquet turn and the initial follow-through action directly toward your target.

22. Finish on front foot but with back foot still attached to the court.

23. Push from front to back foot, crossover with front foot in serve’s direction as you turn to look over that same shoulder toward where the ball was served and starting your either diagonal or looping move out of box to position to block possible reverse pinch return into opposite front corner. Sometimes a Plan B is crisscross where step with front foot is behind and past the back foot to move off in that direction; your inside-out serve to the right corner in front of you is a crisscross possible situation. Then, in either case, key on DTL coverage with programmed cover f00t-work first with back foot, then front foot crossover to two-step into passing lane to cover the shortest return and maybe best (and only time to use the plain-old DTL, as a return of serve (ROS).

24. Finally, after reviewing the instructions I wanted to mention where to serve in the box. First, to keep the receiver honest, serve between the 2 drive serve lines in the 14 feet remaining and have 3 or 4 spots that you like and where you can accurately find either corner with your drive serve motion and identical ball toss location. Also, from those spots hitting Z serves, jams and crack outs along either sidewall are also doable, with lots of solitary practice like all drive serves to make them very effective in key parts and especially big points in your competitive games. I like right of center especially for left, rear corner attack with it’s forgiving big angle and as hard as like ability to serve. I also like a step inside left drive serve line for DTL serve, Z’s and jams. Also, from mid court is always good because you can hit either back corner, use your body to partially, legally hide your serve and you’re closest to center court after serve,