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Are you a beginner volleyball player looking for a detailed guide that explains thoroughly about the different methods to perform the underhand serve in volleyball?
Do you want to learn them and understand how this particular serve will aid you in getting the overhand serve right?
Then keep reading!
I’ve recently uploaded about the different serves performed in volleyball as a 2 part series and in the part 1 of the video, I’ve talked about the underhand serve. In that one, I’ve talked about a particular method that you can utilize to perform the underhand serve.
Actually, there are a couple of methods with which you can perform this serve. And that’s precisely what I am going to tell you today.
But before we go any further, here’s an interesting fact about volleyball serves.
Did you know? Once referee blows the whistle, a player has 8 seconds to perform a serve. If a player fails to serve within the time frame or serves after the 8 seconds mark, a point will be awarded to the opponent and the serve turn for the player is forfeited. On the other hand, if a player serves before the referee’s whistle, then there won’t be any point penalty and they can serve again.
Different Methods to Perform the Underhand Serve in Volleyball
In the method one, you hold the ball in your less dominant hand and keep it further in front of your body. Your stance should be foot split slightly apart and you facing the net. You have to keep your wait on your back foot.
Toss the ball slightly and as it comes down, transfer your wait on to your front foot and take the hitting arm all the way back in a swing motion. When the ball reaches to a comfortable hitting height, swing your arm forward and strike it.
You can make contact on the ball either with an open hand or by making a fist.
Here’s my volleyball serves part one video explains this method with proper demonstration.
in the method 2, your stance is key to making an impactful serve. It’ll be left foot forward and right foot back for the right handed server and it is the exact reverse if you are a left hand player.
you don’t toss the ball when performing the underhand serve with this particular method. Rather, you hold the ball in your less dominant hand, keep it further in front of your body, take your striking arm all the way back in a swing motion, transfer your wait forward as you are about to serve and then swinging it straight through and hitting the ball out of your hand.
This is the simplest method amongst the 2 for learning the underhand serve, if you are just starting to play volleyball.
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Some Key Points to Remember when Practicing to Get the Underhand Serve Right
You can use any of these methods to perform the underhand serve and you need to remember some key points when practicing to get it right.
- Stance is critical when performing the underhand serve irrespective of the method you use.
- Make sure to keep the ball further in front of your body so that you can utilize the full swing of your hitting hand to strike it.
- Keep your wait on your back foot and as you are about to serve, move forward on to your front foot and then make contact on the ball. That way, you can avoid your serve going straight up in the air.
- You can serve the ball either with an open hand or making a fist with your striking hand. Making a fist provides power to any serve you perform on the volleyball court. When you are just starting to play volleyball, it helps you to get your serve over the net successfully as well.
- On the other hand, open hand contact provides accuracy due to the fact that you hit the ball with the significant part of your striking hand.
- Ensure that you bend your knees slightly forward for getting elevation and power on your serve when using any of the methods I’ve mentioned in this post to perform the underhand serve.
The Truth About the Underhand Serve
To be honest, the underhand serve isn’t used by almost all players to serve the ball in most levels of playing volleyball. In fact, most coaches don’t recommend using this serve in a match situation. Also, this particular serve is only taught up to the eighth grade students in the top 10 countries that dominate the volleyball circuit. The main reason for this is that it is very easy to receive and you basically hand a point to your opponent as a gift. Your opponent will be able to manipulate the serve just like that and play it to their advantage with ease.
Although this is the case, there are a couple of instances where you can use the underhand serve.
- When you can impart topspin on the serve.
- When you are struggling to understand and perform the overhand serve and you want a starting point to learn the basics. In that instance, learn the underhand serve, practice the different parts of the overhand serve, once you feel confident and comfortable, try to put them all for performing that particular serve.
FAQs on the Different Methods to Perform the Underhand Serve
What are the Common Mistakes Players Make when Performing the Underhand Serve in Volleyball?
There are 3 common mistakes players make when performing the underhand serve in volleyball. They are over swinging, holding the ball tight and keeping their wait on the back foot when performing the serve.
If you over swing your hitting arm, it leads to mistimed serves. If you hold the ball tight when performing the underhand serve, you won’t be able to provide the needed power when making contact on the ball.
Finally when you keep your wait on the back foot, there’s a high chance that your serve might go straight up in the air while hitting the ball.
Avoiding these 3 key mistakes will aid you to perform an effective underhand serve.
What is the Main Reason for Using the Underhand Serve?
Usually, underhand serve is the first thing a volleyball coach teaches to a beginner player when it comes to serving the ball. It’ll help them get a better ball control.
Therefore, it’s a type of serve that’s exclusively taught for beginner volleyball players.
What are the Different Parts of an Underhand Serve in Volleyball?
There are 3 key parts you need to get good at when performing the underhand serve in Volleyball.
They are the swing of your hitting arm, the way you hold the ball and the contact you make while hitting it out of your hand.
I hope that you now have a thorough idea of the different methods you can use to perform an underhand serve in volleyball.
Although it isn’t a serve that’s used in match situations or most volleyball coaches typically teach this particular type of serve to beginner players, it’s a great starting point if you are just getting into playing volleyball. Also, if you are struggling to understand and perform the overhand serve, then the easiest thing you can do is to practice this serve, understand the fundamentals and use them to get good at the overhand serve/perform it successfully.
Now it’s your turn.
What is the easiest method for you to perform the underhand serve?
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