Hello everybody! Nadim here for Online
Tennis Instruction. In today’s clip I want to talk about the different
positions your feet have during the stances on the serve and there are a
couple different styles that are totally ok to use but unfortunately there are a
few that I believe are not going to help you, and are not very conducive to your serve
and I want to point them out to you very clearly and show you a couple of
examples. So let’s get right into that! So let’s start with a couple of stances
or positions that I’m not a big fan of and why! So a lot of players are not very
aware of their positioning of the feet really and that is something I’ve
noticed recently in some of my serve clinics. People just stand there and
they’re so consumed with the toss of the service motion that they forget to
position themselves properly so that they can
actually do the service motion correctly! So what is that one particular
stance that shouldn’t occur? If you’re a righty like myself you do not want your
back foot further over to the right side and than your front foot. So in other
words from this particular angle you would be able to see my front foot and
that is not possible. At least the heel you shouldn’t be able to see it should
be covered by that back foot. Why is that? Simply because I want to be able to have
the option to rock back and forth to transition my weight on the serve. If I’m
over here that’s not going to happen I’m going to fall, I’m going to be in a very
imbalanced position. So that is the main thing I don’t want to see. If you’re
a lefty it’s the same thing you don’t want to be too open and the primary reason
why is because when you serve and you you have your back foot over to your
dominant side further than the front foot, your hips and your shoulders are
going to open really really early and we definitely don’t want that because that
takes the torque out of the serve completely! So regardless of whether
you’re a lefty or righty the back foot should not be over to your dominant side.
So if you’re a righty further over to the right side and if you’re a lefty further
over to the left side than your front foot. That’s the most important part in
here that’s the most important tip I have for you in this video. Don’t do that!
Now there’s one other way that I don’t want you to begin in ok and that is
having the front foot parallel to the baseline. Now there are players that
definitely in their motion get into this position okay but if you start like this
and you don’t really use your legs a lot during the serve what’ll happen is you’re
actually blocking your stroke as well. Your hip is going to be blocked because
of the positioning of your front foot! Okay I don’t have any leverage going up
and forward that way, unless I bring it in and really come off. In that event
then yes it is okay to bring the foot into this position throughout the motion
but starting parallel to the baseline is not something that I would recommend.
Okay so now what’s good to use is anything in
between the back foot pointing to the side fence or the back fence for
stabilization purposes when you walk and the front foot pointing anywhere between
the net post and the side fence right here. That is a good position to have and
I also recommend having at least a foot in between the two feet so that you’re
not too narrow. Now there are a few players who manage to do it with the
feet being narrow like Monfils does. That is perfectly fine but if you are working
on getting more rhythm in your stroke you’re probably better off having a
little bit more spread between the legs so you can involve the entire rhythm of
the body. Okay so let me show you a few examples here on how to do it when you
do it incorrect. So let me start with a position where the back
foot is too far over to the right side. So what will happen is first of all it
feels really really awkward and what most players will likely do they will
start with the weight on the back foot. So then it becomes an erratic motion in
my opinion but let’s see how this works! So let’s put my front foot in a
decent position but my back foot in a weak position and what will happen is
that I have to really open early here and I don’t want to do that. I want to
stay side on as much as possible. So if I place this foot further back and I first
of all this feels a lot more comfortable because I can now rock without losing my
balance or my posture and when I serve I can stay a lot more sideways for longer
regardless of stance. That was a platform stance as to a pinpoint stance the
correct way. So same thing and now I’m going to bring this foot in. Here we go
and then the balance looks good, everything is fine I can
go back and forth very rhythmically without really losing balance and that
is the key. This is not a good stance at all! Let me try that one more time to
show you what I don’t want. I don’t want that back foot further over, this may
have been a little bit extreme. Let’s even go even. I don’t even want it to be
even okay this would be considered even. I want the back foot further over that
is usually what works best for most players so this is even this is still
when I balance when I try to rock this doesn’t really work I don’t have much
support. And I have to open rather early! I can get away with it because I have a
decent motion I would say but that is not something that I would feel
comfortable doing or suggest anybody else to do. Now let’s start with the
front foot parallel to the baseline now there were players that we all know that
have done is in the past but this is also when I start rocking forward here
this is not possible for me, my body is really blocked off my hip is blocked
off so I can’t really do anything. I’m losing balance really easily. I can’t even get a serve over the net that way. The only way I can make this
work is if I start pointing towards the side somewhere and then as I do my
motion and I have a pinpoint stance I bring the feet together and they’re now
both parallel. That does work! Let’s check it out. I can do that but it takes a lot
of talent to do this and a lot of coordination to pull this off. So the
best thing to do in my opinion is to simply get a good foot in between your
two feet, make sure that your front foot is pointing somewhere to the side, your
back foot is either pointing to the side fence or the back fence and then find a
comfortable position where you can really rock from the front to the back
and then come and serve. Now that was a little bit long. Let’s finish this off
with a good serve shall we! That looks better! Okay I hope that makes
sense guys. I know that there are different styles so don’t take it all
too seriously if your style works and it’s especially the one where you
actually do get parallel that is okay. I just don’t like people to start that way
because it doesn’t end very well at the beginning so just make sure you don’t
get the back for too far over and I think you’ll be much better with your
positioning!

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Dennis Veasley

8 thoughts on “Serve Tip: How To Position Your Feet”

  1. Nadim, as useful as this was, I feel that, from a purely pedagogical point of view, you spent too much time demonstrating what not to do and too little on possible variations on good foot placement. Before a couple of replays of the video I came away just with a picture of what not to do.

  2. Nadim you forgot to explain the position from the ad court. The more important side since most games are won or lost from that side. Why?

  3. Can I ask how do your feet positions change when serving in doubles. In most cases I'm standing closer to the tram line on the deuce and ad court positions than towards to the centre line. So as a right hander should my front foot still point at the right net post and back foot still behind (say half a foot) behind my front foot position for both deuce and ad sides?

  4. More time should have spent on showing the correct technique we have clicked because we have difficulties and are searching for solutions not reminders of our shortcomings

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