I often see a lot of veterans stomp their feet after hitting the ball.

Why would one want to stomp after hitting the ball?

Is this purely a stylistic issue? Or does it improve ones follow-through?

You can see an example here.


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Some players stomp during the serve to hide the sound of the racquet hitting the ball. The sound of the contact can often clue a receiver into the pace and spin of a serve.

Other players merely stomp as a natural motion as they try to impart spin onto the ball.

  • This is the correct answer IMO. By stomping people disguise the actual sound of the actual moment the ball is served.
    – Yaitzme
    Jul 9, 2015 at 11:11
  • I agree in that it's to hide how (hard) you hit the ball to try to hide the pace and spin of the ball.
    – Ola Ström
    Oct 21, 2019 at 0:36

Although I can't verify this, it could be for balance purposes. I know that in tennis (related sport), when you come into net to hit a volley, good technique states that you should "stomp" with your (assuming a right-handed player) left foot for a forehand volley and stomp with your right foot for a backhand volley because it helps you mentally and physically hit your shot with a firm wrist and be on balance like you need to be.

  • This is not correct, it has to do with hiding the sound of the spin...
    – Ola Ström
    Apr 20, 2019 at 21:35

It is stylistic.

The fact that the people you refer to stomp after they hit the ball shows that it isn't improving anything. Also, research shows (I'll find it for you if I can) that your legs to not effect the way your arms move, so it won't help follow-through. It's all in your head :-)

  • Please try to. i'd love to read thi research you speak of.
    – chrisjlee
    Feb 10, 2012 at 20:16
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    My wife played table tennis extensively and once traveled to Europe with the US college team, I believe. She has told me that the stomp often serves to distract an opponent from reading the spin of your serve. Also I disagree that you legs do not affect your arms. Your legs and core are the platform for all upper body action. Look at the clean and jerk; It seems like your arms would lift the weight, but the momentum drive comes from the legs.
    – Josh G
    Feb 15, 2012 at 20:58

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