Rule Of The Month – October 2013


3.6 Drive Service ZonesThere is a drive serve line 3 feet from each side wall in the service zone. Viewed one at a time, each drive serve line divides the service zone into a 3-foot and a 17-foot section. The player may drive serve between the body and the side wall nearest to where the service motion began only if the player, the racquet, and the ball (only until it is struck by the server) starts and remains outside of that 3-foot drive service zone until the served ball crosses the short line. A drive serve involving “any continuous movement” (see Rule 3.3 Manner), beginning in one 3-foot drive service zone and continuing into the opposite 3-foot drive service zone, is a fault serve.

  • (a) The drive serve zones are not observed for cross-court drive serves, the hard-Z, soft-Z, lob or half-lob serves.
  • (b) The 3-foot line is part of the 3-foot zone and defines a plane that, if broken, is an infraction.

 

Read through the following situations and decide:   Fault or Not?

 
1) The server begins the serve standing inside the left side wall 3-foot zone, and drive serves to the back right corner.
Fault or Not ?

2) The server begins the serve standing inside the left side wall 3-foot zone, and serves a hard-Z serve to the back left corner.
Fault or Not ?   

3) The server begins the serve standing inside the left side wall 3-foot zone, in a fluid motion, takes 2 steps forward and drive serves to the back left corner.
Fault or Not ?  

4) As the server pauses before the serve, the server is aligned as pictured – and drive serves down the right wall:
driveright1
Fault or Not ?

5) As the server pauses before the serve, the server is aligned as pictured – and drive serves down the left wall:
driveleft1
Fault or Not ?

6) As the server pauses before the serve, the server is aligned as pictured – and Lob serves down the right wall:
LobRight1
Fault or Not ?

7) As the server completes the drive serve down the left wall, the server ends in this position:
driveleft2
Fault or Not ?

Thanks for playing

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