Federer – the back foot – and the Scissor Kick Overhead

For the scissor kick overhead, the player drifts back, pushes off and up strongly from the back foot

A tricky maneuver but very helpful for players who lose their balance forward when serving.

Similarly, Federer keeps his weight back on the serve, even dropping his back hip and shoulder

Then he pushes up, his hip and shoulder accelerate up and into the hit

Consider using (or even learning) the scissor kick to help your serve!


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  • Peter Dollinger

    Reply Reply June 5, 2019

    Good video! Staying balanced is always very important, especially when serving. Doing this also helps prevent the body and shoulders from bending over when hitting.

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply June 26, 2019

      Peter – but equally important is to “serve tall” meaning not an overly high toss but for sure contact at nearly full extension UP – best Jim

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