Video:How to Do a Topspin Serve in Volleyballwith Natalie Schmitting
A topspin serve can be really difficult to return, so it's a helpful skill to know. This About.com video will show you the proper form for a topspin volleyball serve.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Do a Topspin Serve in Volleyball
Hi, I'm Natalie Schmitting for About.com. In this video, you will learn how to do a topspin serve in volleyball.
Proper Stance for a Topspin Serve
Begin by lining up your feet shoulder-width apart. Bring your non-dominant foot in front of your dominant foot and square up your hips and shoulders to the net. Hold the ball with the palm of your non-dominant hand while placing the palm of your dominant hand on top of the ball. Make sure your arms and elbows are kept from touching any other part of your body. Bring your serving arm back along side of your head with your hand near your ear and your elbow aimed upwards.
Topspin Serve Toss
With your non-dominant hand, toss the ball up in the air approximately 2-3 feet. To improve your toss, practice tossing the ball so it lands just in front of your non-dominant foot. The toss is important, as you want your arm movement to be streamlined toward the net.
Completing the Topspin Serve
To serve, take a step forward with your non-dominant foot; then, hit the bottom portion of the ball with your dominant palm. The spin placed on the ball by this striking motion will cause it to travel not only farther, but higher. Make sure to keep your wrist straight; your hand should be open and firm. Drop your wrist forward after striking the ball.
Usefulness of the Topspin Serve
A topspin serve is a great serve to catch the opponent off guard. The topspin is especially useful when a regular overhand serve is not effective. It is more difficult for the other team to return because of the extra spin. It will often be aimed at the weakest passer.
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