Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Ball Toss Displacement on Tennis Serve Velocity

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Ball Toss Displacement on Tennis Serve Velocity

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Tim P. Mead and Chris A. Sins Nicholls State University

The ball toss displacement of collegiate tennis players was measured horizontally and vertically to determine the impact of the ball toss on serve velocity. Currently, teaching professionals instruct students to toss the ball such that it would drop approximately twelve inches inside the baseline if not struck. The purpose of this study was to determine if this "12 inch" rule actually produces the highest velocity of serve. Eight current female players from the Nicholls tennis team executed service trials under two conditions at maximum speeds until five successful trials were completed in each condition. In the first condition, players were instructed to serve normally but as hard as possible. In the second condition, players were again instructed to serve as hard as possible but also to maximize the horizontal displacement of the ball during the toss and impact without foot faulting. A sports radar gun measured the velocity of the serve and a video camera recorded the height of the toss at impact in both ho rizontal and vertical directions from the baseline. …

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