The Push Serve and The Pull Serve

The Push Serve and
The Pull Serve

Dr. Ben Kibler




As a leading research sports science and past chairman of the USTA Sports Science Committee, Dr. Ben Kibler has been studying the literature on the serve as well as filming, studying, and evaluating players for years. Now he publishes some of his conclusions for the first time on Tennisplayer.

In this first article in the series, Ben makes a fundamental distinction between two ways players use the legs and the trunk—the Push Serve versus the Pull. What is the chain of events that best maximizes racket speed, ball speed and spin and reduces the chance of injury? What stances are associated with the Push and which with the Pull?

Find out why the Push Serve is highly preferable.

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Dr. Ben Kibler is an orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director at the Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center, in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the Sports Medicine Advisor to the Professional Tennis Registry and also the Women's Tennis Association. Ben is currently working with WTA tour officials and coaches on a study of women's professional serving. Ben is a member of the USTA Sports Science Committee and was a founding member, and is Past President, of the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science. In 1998, he received PTR's Stanley Plagenhoef Award for his work in sport science. In 2009, he received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award.


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