Skill Acquisition Analysis

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The purpose of this presentation is to evaluate my current level of skill acquisition on my serve. ( Skill acquisition definition ) My serves weaknesses are my legs; knee bend, and jumping up and into the ball. There is also a problem with my follow through I walk over the baseline and would not be ready for my opponents return. My serve's skill acquisition is nearing the autonomous stage. The autonomous stage, "is characterised by performances that are automatic and occur without thinking." (Amezdroz, 2010) because my legs need to do more work which will then change other stages of my serve. I am comparing Roger Federer’s serve because he’s 2nd on the AUS Open aces and he is known for one of the best serves in the game. I would …show more content…

( Definition on subroutine ) There are four subroutines in a tennis serve; preparation, ball toss, connection and follow through. The preparation phase consists of mental build up or picture and knee bend. During the ball toss phase I bring the racquet behind my back to behind my head. At the same time I toss the ball up into the air. The connection phase involves my knee bend and ball toss turning into me jumping and hitting the ball into the service box. The next phase is the follow through phase. It consists of me landing on my left leg as I land from my jump in the connection phase. While this happens my racquet follows through to my left thigh.

Comparing my serve to Roger Federer’s serve anything from his serve is sublime. Roger Federer’s body is nearly perpendicular to the baseline where as my body looks as if it’s at 45° to the baseline. Roger’s feet leave the ground so he uses his right leg to balance himself and land on the left leg . Roger prefers to be on the baseline by landing on the baseline he doesn’t have to lose any momentum and move backwards to return the ball. Roger’s right foot is nearly behind his left foot allowing him to jump forward, into the …show more content…

By including drills to the practice, I can practice the bomb, kicker, slider and body serves by placing markers in the service box for each separate serve. After serving for 30 minutes I can do some smashes for a while. After a big serve, sometimes the opponent pops the ball in the air giving him time for his next shot but the server may come to net for a smash. A smash is usually hit, “with extreme power leaving the returning player no chance to remain in the point.” (Optimum Tennis, 2015) Therefore having a smash at the ready to finish a point is very valuable for a player. Practicing well is very important to an athlete so by continuously serving I can make minor adjustments to my serve if it goes out or feels wrong. By setting up targets; markers or cones. This allows me to improve accuracy and thought processing during a game. I personally prefer to visualise and then attempt the task. Strength conditioning is important; going to the gym can help with, “ball control can be improved,” and, “who is able to hit the ball harder.” (Optimum Tennis, 2015) Doing weights for my legs, to improve the power in my quads and calf’s, skipping and leg press. Therefore, using drills in massed practice and completing exercises will improve my

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