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"Which is more effective, a float serve or a top spin serve?"

Which is harder to receive? Does one have a wider margin of error?
Jennifer thanks for the question! Both serving styles can be equally effective and hard for your opponent to receive when executed properly.
The float serve should be your main focus to try and perfect first. It takes less energy and has a smaller margin of error when it comes to consistency and accuracy. After long days or matches a jump topsin will lose more power and accuracy as you fatigue as a poised to the float serve.
After you have built a lot of confidence and consistency with the float then you are ready to tackle other serving styles like jump float or topspin. Goodluck!

Jordan Wendelken

Volleyball | Carrollton, TX

May 26, 2016
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A float serve when executed properly "moves" and is much tougher to receive than a top spin serve. Jumping would add a degree of difficulty and increase mistakes dramatically! However, stationary serving top spin or float the risks are similar as is the margin of error. Float serves are typically more accurate and can be placed in a certain location easier especially short serves. Top spin serves typically land deep even with a jump serve! Hope that helps

Steven M.

Volleyball | Lakewood, CA

May 26, 2016
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Jennifer very good question! Both serving techniques are great weapons. The floater serve is harder to control and harder to serve receive. It is not a True-Path serve, as is the spin serve. If you commit to the floater serve, as your primary, you must put in the work (repetitions, repetitions & repetitions). I personally use the floater serve. A main benefit of using the spin serve that helps with consistancey, is that the technique has muscle memory movements benificial as when attacking your spots memory other hitting techniques that compliment your spin seve. .

Darin Michael Bueno

Volleyball | San Jose, CA

April 09, 2023
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