High Serve

High Serve Observation Schedule (PAR analysis)


Using both the video and an initial match analysis sheet I have been able to identify the high serve as my main weakness.

I will compare my performance against a model performance using the focussed observation schedule below. From this, I should be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in my technique.


If I am successful at carrying out that part of the action, a tick will be placed opposite the criteria, if not a cross will be recorded.


Number of shots – _________________


Preparation phase

Stance is side-on to net.
Feet are about shoulder-width apart.
Feet are split with non-racquet foot forward close to the short service line.
Weight is on back foot.
Racquet is up and back.
Hand is cocked back at wrist.
Shuttle is held out in front of body.


Action Phase

Shuttle is dropped and racquet arm swings forward at speed to help generate power.
Shuttle is struck below waist height and the whole of the racquet head is below the hand at the moment of impact (rule).
Action is whip-like.
Weight is transferred forward from back foot to front foot.
Body weight shifts to front foot at the moment of impact.
Some part of both feet stays in contact with the floor until the shuttle is struck (rule).


Recovery Phase

Racquet swing finishes up with arm crossing in front of body to finish close to non-racquet shoulder.
‘Ready’ position and ‘base’ are recovered.
Path of shuttle results from angle of racquet at moment of impact and the early part of the follow-through.


My main strength is ________________________________________________________________


My main weakness is in the ________________________________________ phase and the criteria


which needs to be improved is _______________________________________________________

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