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Highest Kick Serve Ever?

Highest Kick Serve Ever? Check out this video, I found it when I was browsing around on youtube the other day. This guy has one hell of a kick on this serve… the ball looks to kick up about 7-8 feet!

But is it real? I mean, I know it’s actually real, but do you think this ball had a little help maybe by hitting a “bouncy” spot on the court, or do you think this is a normal for all of his serves? Personally, I think the ball may have had a little help, but I’m not sure since it only shows 1 serve.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below: Do you think this is the guy’s normal serve, or do you think the ball had a little help?

’til next time,

Todd

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12 Responses to “Highest Kick Serve Ever?”

  1. Sean says:

    I played a guy in a doubles match that was kicking serves that high. They were some older high school courts. I had a hard time getting any racquet on the ball at a mens 4.0 level. My partner is 6 inches taller and also struggled.

  2. Peter says:

    I would say there is something on the court thats causing a lot of friction to the ball and thus kicking it up. In the video there is a dark spot at the place where the ball lands.
    The serve in this video seems to have a very low clearence over the net in contrast to monster kicks hit by pros which tends to have a lot more space between the ball and the net.
    I don’t think this is repeatable serve …

  3. Robin says:

    This is fake, it clearly hit something on the court and popped up. Anyone who could do that consistently also wouldn’t use the video where he nets an easy overhead right after.

  4. Richard says:

    When a court is resurfaced and a “crown” is left, the ball may hit the upside of the crown creating a launchpad situation . Th eopposite will be true also, hit the backside of the crown and the ball will unusually low.

  5. John says:

    Court. (The height of rebound or kick is dependent on the trajectory or angle coming down into the court.)

  6. Todd Scott says:

    @ Peter – that’s interesting, I didn’t notice the spot until you mentioned it. It’s hard to tell if it’s actually a spot on the court with all the shadows.

    @ Robin – I was kinda thinking the same thing

    @ John & Richard – very good points. I noticed the quasi-flat trajectory, but now you point that out it totally makes sense.

    Do any of you guys have videos of your serves on youtube or anywhere?

    Todd

  7. nergelag says:

    Even with the massive kick….he still lost the point

  8. KA says:

    Well, if the footage hasn’t been doctored, it’s an impressive kicker! There does appear to be a nano-second break at the point at which the ball takes off.
    I agree with Robin & others that someone who can net that overhead from a very weak return doesn’t seem like a player who could consistently hit a super-kicker. Then there’s the question of how this came to be “caught on film” in the first place. Some things about this just don’t add up. But setting those doubts aside, I’m with those who put it down to surface, a fissure, or hard-court divot might have caused that bounce. The serve itself doesn’t look as if there is there is an extraordinary amount of topspin. As others have said, the shodows over the court obscure much of what might be going on – & the footage is not great quality either…

  9. Fred Penn says:

    At first blush, I am skeptical of this serve for several reasons:
    There is a camera set up to capture the serve, all in good position.
    The serve is returned, a good return. I don’t think the server has a consistent game he powers the return into the net, and not cross-court for the point.

  10. Agnaldo J. R. Reis says:

    Hello Todd! How are you doing?

    1) According to his serve motion, he was able to produce a lot of top spin but I think that some small irregularity on the court has helped in that outstanding bounce as well.

    2) The server got so impressed about the ball’s final height that he missed an easy smash.

    3) In situations like that when one misses an ‘easy’ point, my former coach’s advice comes to my mind: ‘Don’t admire a nice shot when playing!’ (R.I.P. Professor Nery)

    Regards from Brazil,

    Agnaldo.

  11. Rick says:

    It’s the surface. I’ve played guys that can kick that high but their racquet head speed is much much faster. Also, the trajectory is wrong as other people have pointed out. For a ball to kick that high there is a lot more action on the ball so it is usually looks like it’s slicing before it takes off after the bounce. On this serve it comes in and takes off almost straight up (indicating that it isn’t truly kicking (away from the receiver). Notice that the receiver has to jump up not up and to the left. The only other explanation is that there is a severe amount of topspin (not kicking) to get that bounce but again I just don’t think he’s got the racquet head speed to accomplish that.

  12. Gaius says:

    Hello Todd,

    I allign with Peter and Robin’s observations.

    ‘bald ball’ as a possible reason for this abnormal jump! not everyone opens a new ball every time they set out to train…well for varied shades of reasons though…

    whilst playing against my friend in my junior school days, we like to play with different type of balls ‘new, fairly new, and bald balls’.

    we believed it would get us prepared for any manner of bounce that we may encounter in a match..

    wanting to explore mischief, i would use a bald ball when he least expects on my serve; especially serving him on the advantage court.

    It would have been clearer to point out specific reasons for the jump in that serve, if we saw another video of that serve from the Deuce court.

    Well played Todd..

    Candid Regards
    Gaius
    Nigeria.

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