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Adrian K asked the question in Serve an ace - Volleyball

Striking the ball for an over-arm serve?

A question to those of you who have completed the serve the ace challenge, but might also have some knowledge of technique.. 

Which area of the hand/arm are you actually supposed to hit the volleyball with when serving over-arm? Is it a closed palm/fist or an open hand or what?

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Open hand is where it's at.  I never learned closed fist with over hand serves.  You have a lot more control with an open hand.  You can do float, spinners and you can direct where you want the ball to go.  You want more surface area.  A closed fist limits that and also if your fist is not flat it will make your serve unpredictable.  As you move up in levels the serve becomes very important.  It's your first offensive attack so you need to make it count.  

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I do Open Hand when I play. I find when I have a closed fist the ball goes wild.and never makes it over the net.

Sports-iqsilver Fran H answered Comment

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I usually do open hand, but striking the ball with the hard of bit of the hand just above the wrist.

Sports-iqgold Adrian K answered Comment

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if you ever wanted a bit of backspin on the ball thats where you wanna hit it Adrian. Does work for a regular serve as well and gives it a bit of knuckle. If you wanted the ball to float from side to side in the air what can work it hitting the ball on the valve where you pump it up. For top spin, try and roll your hand over the ball as you hit it this can work contacting with the harder part of your hand just below the fingers which will put the spin on it. Hitting the ball with the palm of your hand will result more in a slap (you'll hear it) every so often the power just won't transfer to the ball and it won't make it over.

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If you wanna go for a sharp serve, you can either do it by open palm or with your fist but of course open palm is much better. Make your release short and strike it as if you are spiking it with a flick from the wrist. For much better affect, you have to do it near the end line.

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i miss jaroensri bualee from thailand she is so excellent

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I useally do it close palm, for my floater service, 8/10 service aces for me not perfect but good. I do open palm when I serve the ball or hitting it for a kill. :D

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I useally do it close palm, for my floater service, 8/10 service aces for me not perfect but good. I do open palm when I serve the ball or hitting it for a kill. :D

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i use open palm while my finger stick together

Joshua P answered Comment

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Nice Answers guys!

Sports-iqgold Adrian K answered Comment

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Before I use my closed fist when I was young because I don't have much power to use an open palm, when I got chosen as Varsity in Highschool, I trained a lot to serve with open palm and indeed it provides me more varity in my serving, now I can varies the type of my serving whether to go sharp or a floater or a jumpserve or just to cross the net.

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I think hand wide open is better because you can more area to impact the ball and you have more stability when the ball is hit.

Sports-iqgold Paris F answered Comment

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I do make an open hand spike but i close it at the end so that the ball will rapidly spin down!!

Ivan V answered Comment

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is it really necessary to warm up??why?? i find it really silly and tired!

Ivan V answered Comment

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As your body gain strenght, speed and endurance, the muscle needs to be warmed up so can be able to do all it can without injury. If you don't warm up your muscle will do things without being prepared and that's when an injury shows up.

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Open hand, for sure. Also keep in mind the course and depth of the ball. If you want a powerful serve, follow through. If you want a lot of movement on the ball, stop it the moment you strike the ball.

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As a collegiate player, I can tell you two things: open hand for a hard serve. Base of the palm for an easy drifter. Jump served of course ;)

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