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All the ball tosses I see on your's and other's videos are certainly not straight up. They are tossed slightly backwords and very much toward the body. Many times almost a foot towards the body. If the pro's start with the ball arm laying flat on the table how can they hit the serve behind the white line with a straight ball toss? Whats the deal?
Can you please show me some slow motion videos from several angles to prove they are straight up and hit behind the white line?
You are absolutely right. Most players, including us don't toss the ball up straight. It is just another part of the service rules that makes them hard to police and enforce properly.
However, sometime in tournaments the umpires will start to enforce this rule very strictly. I remember coaching a player at a major championships in 2010. She was doing the HIgh toss serve and was called for a fault for not throwing the ball up straight. Now if you extend what you were saying with the players not throwing the ball up straight when they do the low toss serve, imagine where the ball would have ended up when she threw it up for the high toss and not vertical. In fact she hit the ball about a foot away from where she tossed it up. Over a high toss, I would regard that as almost vertical and certainly more vertical than 99% of serves out there.
I think the problem lies in the wording of the rule to say:
2.06.02 The server shall then project the ball near vertically upward...
This is open to too much interpretation and the reason that most players don't throw it up vertically. In a lot of circumstances they are gaining a real advantage with it because by throwing it into themselves, they can throw it faster and therefore the ball is hitting their bat faster.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for the service rule?
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