View Full Version : How many times do you bounce the ball before serving?

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 10th, 2011, 09:52 PM
For me it's 5 times before a first serve, 3 times before a second.

Sep 10th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Before 1st serve - 7 times - first 1 with the hand, then 3 with the racket and 3 with the hand again :lol:
Before 2nd serve - 2-3 times

Sep 10th, 2011, 11:11 PM
3 times before the first serve and 5 times before the 2nd

Sep 11th, 2011, 12:06 AM
3 For first & second.
Sometimes when im like really tired or just like losing i bounce it like 20 times :hysteric:

Sep 11th, 2011, 12:36 AM
3 for first and second. It's a weird maths sum thing I came up with based on my favourite number haha.

Sep 11th, 2011, 01:18 AM
2 and 2

Sep 11th, 2011, 02:28 AM
3 at the most.

Usually I bounce it twice when I lose a point/serve. I bounce it once if I win a point/serve

Sep 11th, 2011, 03:34 AM
Certainly not as many times as The Jock :p I usually bounce the ball 3-4 times with my racket, not with my hand . :oh: Am I the only one who does this outside of my family ? :lol:

the jamierbelyea
Sep 11th, 2011, 05:44 AM
I have a weird methodical bounce system these days, which includes saying the score haha.

Typically on the first serve, I'll alternate bouncing with my hand then racket three times each (hand to ball, racket to ball x3), then I'll say the score, then i'll do a traditional three ball bounce with my hand then serve.

On the second serve i'll just do the three bounces, unless I had to move out of position to move the fault ball or move out of my service zone for any reason, in which case I'll do the hand ball racket ball triple again haha.

I'm pretty deliberate.

Sep 11th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Depends if I'm serving well or not...if I'm serving shit then I'll bounce four times and think to myself "Oh damn, I have to serve another double fault."

Sep 11th, 2011, 04:20 PM
3 for a first serve and 1 for second.

The Witch-king
Sep 11th, 2011, 05:56 PM
never. It always seemed so pretentious.

Sep 14th, 2011, 11:35 AM

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 14th, 2011, 11:36 AM
never. It always seemed so pretentious.
It gives you a chance to think. :shrug:

Sep 14th, 2011, 12:34 PM
dont know maybe around 5...
i dont count and sometimes more sometimes less:lol:

Sep 14th, 2011, 03:14 PM
I used to bounce just once as a child, now 0-3, depends on a situation and how it actually fits my service motion:lol:

Sep 15th, 2011, 05:11 PM
Once or twice, just long enough for me to gather my thoughts. I dont see it as some quirky add-on to my game or anything.

Sep 15th, 2011, 05:26 PM

Jane Lane
Sep 16th, 2011, 01:18 AM
Around 2-4. I could never bounce it out of a la Djoko, that'd piss me off too much. :lol:

Sep 16th, 2011, 02:00 AM
2-3 for me. Again I would have too much to think if I bounced the ball like Novak :lol:

Sep 16th, 2011, 04:06 AM

I don't know why it's so popular to bounce the ball. It feels like a completely unnatural motion to me.

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 16th, 2011, 05:21 AM
If I have to catch my toss like Ivanovic, I'll usually just bounce once before re-tossing :oh:. Or if I get a let, probably just one bounce before redoing.

Sep 16th, 2011, 10:04 AM
4 times on my first serve. twice on my second serve ( I have this paranoid thing that it needs to be an even number lol).

Sep 16th, 2011, 11:32 AM
I always bounce it twice. :)

The Witch-king
Sep 16th, 2011, 11:39 AM
It gives you a chance to think. :shrug:

Maybe that's my problem :cool:

Sep 16th, 2011, 07:56 PM
My only superstition is bouncing the ball on a serve. On a first serve, I bounce 5 times and 2 on a second. If a let, I bounce it 3 times :lol:

Sep 16th, 2011, 11:44 PM
Once, just to get the move going. :shrug:

Lord Choc Ice
Sep 17th, 2011, 01:57 AM
Maybe that's my problem :cool:
Well not 'think', just focus on getting the serving form right. :p

the jamierbelyea
Sep 17th, 2011, 04:15 AM
For me as I'm bouncing the ball I'm also doing some knee bend motion, which helps with my overall serve. My serve is a combination of Tatiana Golovin & Jelena Jankovic I think these days

Sep 17th, 2011, 12:18 PM
not more than five, the amount is random :p

Sep 17th, 2011, 06:15 PM
I don't at all. :lol:

Sep 17th, 2011, 08:03 PM
2-3 times

Sep 19th, 2011, 09:30 AM
5 times before a first serve, twice before a second serve.

If I hit a first serve let I will bounce 3 times or if I hit a second serve let I bounce 7 times.

Also before my first serve I bounce between my legs once like Isner before doing my 5 bounces.

I also bounce the ball with my racquet until my opponent is ready.

Sep 19th, 2011, 10:33 AM
2 times, like my fave :oh:

Sep 19th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Mostly I do not bounce. But sometimes I do 2-5 bounces and I don't know why :shrug:

Sep 19th, 2011, 07:40 PM
In some cases like 2 times, but mostly 3 times :yeah:.

Sep 20th, 2011, 05:09 AM
Four times on both second and first serves.

Sep 20th, 2011, 11:16 AM
If I'm down BP I go Djokovic :oh:

Sep 20th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Stare followed by 2 bounces.

Sep 20th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Twice. I'm used to that, so anything else feels weird.:p

Super Dave
Sep 21st, 2011, 08:05 PM
0-3. It doesn't even enter my mindset when I'm playing.

Oct 1st, 2011, 02:01 PM
2 and 2 :D

Oct 1st, 2011, 02:23 PM
3 times for a first serve, and 2 times for a second serve. I sometimes mix it up though so my opponents do not get on a comfortable rhythm returning.

Oct 31st, 2011, 04:38 AM
I subconsciously copied Aga's exact routine:
Blow into your right hand to dry off sweat
Spin grip in hand once or twice till it feels perfect
Bounce three times then meet ball to racket.
So weird how I copied it, but it feels so good! :)

Oct 31st, 2011, 05:11 AM
2 times, like my fave :oh:This. :oh:

Oct 31st, 2011, 04:06 PM
I don't think about it. I might instictively bounce the ball a few times, but I have no real routine.

Oct 31st, 2011, 09:14 PM
Always two times, just like Masha. ;)

Vefci Y
Nov 1st, 2011, 07:20 AM
3-4 times

Nov 1st, 2011, 10:37 PM
Before my first serve I always bounce ball between legs just like Isner and then three times by hand...before second only three times by hand...

Nov 2nd, 2011, 12:35 AM
None. I stopped bouncing the ball 2 years ago(there's a reason but it would take to long to tell you) so now i just serve when i get the ball, also it cayhes your opponent out a lot, because theyre standing there waiting on you to bounce the ball and when you serve straight away, theyre like, Oh Shit! and panic. I have won loads of points this way

Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:44 AM
Bouncing the ball before serving gives me time to reset myself and decide upon the plan of action. Normally, I do it 6 times before the first serve and 3 for the second.

Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:40 PM
Lol. Once or twice.

Nov 4th, 2011, 12:12 AM
3-5 times :oh:

Apr 5th, 2012, 12:42 AM
Always three times. Well, rarely two or five but never ever four times! Superstition. :oh:

Tweety Snape
Apr 5th, 2012, 02:03 AM
Three before first serves. Two before second.
My thinking: 1 (first serve) + 2 (second serve) = 3
2 (second serve) = 2

Apr 6th, 2012, 05:06 AM

Apr 6th, 2012, 05:53 AM
2-3 times.

Apr 6th, 2012, 10:46 AM
three times or fourth times depends on how I feel and if I need to rest up after a long or tough rally....

Apr 12th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Im in the none category of bouncing

Apr 12th, 2012, 11:28 AM
Between 2-3 and 6-7 times... :oh:

Caro & Aggie
Apr 22nd, 2012, 12:11 AM
3-4 times

Apr 26th, 2012, 12:32 PM
3 before 1st serve. I usually don't get a 2nd serve :D

Jul 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM
None. I just kick the strings of my racket a couple of times then spin the racket in my hand till I get a certain side of the frame to show. It's kind of a good luck thing, I do it before all of my points.

Jul 23rd, 2012, 07:21 PM
bounce the ball with my racket a few times at the baseline before I serve, but before I start the actual motion I bounce the ball once.

Jul 23rd, 2012, 07:42 PM
I have never really counted, 3 usually unless someone is taking there time.

Jul 25th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Between 3 and 12. :o

I CANNOT serve if I don't bounce the ball.

Jul 25th, 2012, 04:40 PM
Between 3 and 5, depends on how much "calming down" I need to do prior to starting the point.

Aug 1st, 2012, 07:54 PM
Around 3.

Aug 3rd, 2012, 05:57 AM
Literally, once.

I used to bounce the ball about 10-15 times but I got a lot of complaints plus my serve was pretty lousy back then, so I retooled it and changed it to one bounce. Serve is better than ever.

Aug 3rd, 2012, 06:24 AM
Three bounces while breathing in, breathe out, toss the ball while breathing in, breathe out on impact.

Aug 4th, 2012, 12:10 AM
About 5-6 times but I do quick bounces.

Aug 4th, 2012, 09:13 AM
2-3 bounces. My serve isn't my best attribute.

Aug 20th, 2012, 05:20 AM
I would say 4 times or until I gather my thoughts after a long rally, so like 4 to 6 times.

Aug 20th, 2012, 05:21 AM
Just keep at itt..practice pratice, dont think, just toss and go with your instincts and show your confidence.

Aug 20th, 2012, 12:53 PM
Min - 1
Max - 3/4

Aug 30th, 2012, 10:38 AM
Before 1st serve – 5 times - first 1 with the hand,4 with the racket, before 2nd serve - 2times.