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Aznrockdrummer wrote at 2006-11-25 00:52:40
The twist serve is possible. It is exaggerated a bit in the anime, but it can be done. I'm not good at it, but: Well I know how people like to act like the characters in anime so I thought you might want to add how to perform a Twist Serve like Ryoma. I'll do more sections later.

1. The grip recommended for performing a Twist Serve is the Eastern Backhand (from my experiences).

2. The toss of the ball is very crucial when perform a Twist Serve. You want to toss it so that if you weren't going to take a swing at it the ball would land slightly behind and to the left of your head.

3. Before you swing be sure to bend your knees, arch your back, and turn your shoulders. Your back should be somewhat facing the net.

4. Swing from 7:00 to 1:00 (in simple terms just swing up, then to the right). Be sure that when you swing that you brush the back of the ball to give it a 45 degree spin.

5. If you want to give the ball more height or depth just meet the ball a little farther back.

6. To put more spin, just swing faster. Simple, eh?

7. If you're getting more of a topspin serve than a twist serve, swing more from left to right.

8. Make sure you aim high so that the ball will clear the net with no problems.

9. Practice, practice, practice. You aren't going to get it on the first try. Start practicing somewhere close to the net and move your way back, putting more spin each time. You'll get it sooner or later.

Also Tim ^_^ wrote at 2013-05-18 23:56:34
I have seen this anime and, like almost every technique in the show, this is possible, but NOT EVEN CLOSE to the extreme. To return each of those shots, you have to hit the ball either, lightly so it doesn't go too far, or harder than usual so you can hit it far enough and with good accuracy. Hitting lightly requires you to soften your muscles, releasing strain on them; hitting it hard increases strain on you muscles, tightening them. The repeated action would numb your arm, but not to the point of temporary paralysis. In the show, if he alternates slice and topspin for maybe a dozen or so rallies, your arm stops; in reality, your arm would just slightly numb, and it might through you off because you can't feel your arm. If you want a demonstration of how this works, quickly flex and release your arm for a minute or so (alternating between tightened and relaxed muscles very quickly), and feel the affect in your arm. It should get very soar and start shaking, and after you stop, you'll notice that the specific area that you were flexing feels a bit weird, and even more so when you put strain on your arm. It is surprisingly effective, and if someone could master it, it would be an amazing weapon. Although, it is unlikely that anyone would or could: if you recall, in the show, Shinji was a genius, and, even though everyone knew how it worked, only he could use it. The captain explained that this was because he "saw it and attacked". Somehow, he could tell when your arm went numb, and I doubt that even the greats, like Federer and Nadal, could boast being able to do this.


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Tim Jopling


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