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Old 12-30-2009, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys I have some problem. I have a player that is really good but he can't spike like he could. Let me explane... He does everything like he should, except the body rotation during the spike so he can not spike hard like he is able to. I have tried to teach him to rotate his body without the jump and he is doing great with it, but the same moment he jumps he's doing the same mistake like I said. Does anyone have some advice and drills that can I do with him cause I'm a little out of ideas right now?!

Any suggestion would be appreciated...
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Suki,
there are different 'movement types': One is rotating the hip axis against the shoulder axis, the other is not doing that.

In fact, responsible for the hardness of a spike are:
  • Arm extension out of the elbow joint - 46%
  • Rotation of the arm out of the shoulder joint - 23%
  • Rotating thorax/shoulder (picture right) OR shifting thorax/shoulder (picture left)- 15%
  • Movement of body's balancepoint (in space) - 8%
  • Dropping the wrist - 6%

To get the optimal spiking hardness out of your player you have to first recognize his movement type and then work WITH it, not against.
You cannot change those movement preferences.

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Old 02-17-2010, 03:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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glad i've seen this thrad. I had a friend with the same problem as well. Hope following this thread would help him.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Part of it may be muscle memory too. It's tough to change an awkward or inefficent movement when you are comfortable repeating it. As a simple example: untie your shoe. Now tie it and pay attention to whether you create your loop with your left hand or right. Now untie it and do everything the opposite. It will be very uncomfortable, but with practice and focus on the movement you could become very good at it. Players don't always know that if we suggest a change to their technique, that they may struggle a bit at first. Once they master the change and the movement, improvement will follow. In many cases they need to trust what we are trying to change, be patient with the process and celebrate what they have accomplished once they have changed that habit.

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