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Spiking – Roll Spikes and Sunbacks

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If you’ve spent some time watching or playing sepaktakraw you will have seen the two most common spiking styles – the sunback surge and the roll spike. The two designs offer their own advantages and nuances, and the best spikers will be able to carry out both even if they prefer to use one exclusively. Let’s take a quick look at these two high-flying techniques!

The Sunback Surge

You might recognise the sunback spike by another name such as the scissor kick or maybe the backstroke, but whatever you call it; it is the spike where the kicking leg sweeps straight up the body and over the shoulder on the same side as the kicking leg. E. g. The right leg kicks the ball over the correct shoulder.

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Afif Safaiee associated with Singapore sunback spiking against Malaysia at the ISTAF Super Series ’14 in Myanmar

The sunback is synonymous along with Malaysia’s spikers and playing style, although in recent years we’ve seen big sunback spikes from Korea along with players such as Im An Soo mastering the skill.

The sunback offers:

  • The spiker the ability to more easily vary the speed of the ball make the ball at different depths in the court.
  • For many players, the ease of altering direction from the spike and thus ability to turn the ball towards either sideline,
  • Ease of learning; it’s much easier to get started with sunbacks and as you improvement with flexibility and technique it only gets more and more effective!

The Move Spike

The particular roll spike is arguably the more spectacular of the two styles, it is the spike most commonly shown in highlight reels where the spiker jumps into the air and their kicking foot crosses over their body to contact the ball as they rotate or somersault through the air.

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Pornchai Kaokaew of Thailand executing a higher flying roll spike

The roll spike is a fearsome spike as the rotation from the body allows the spiker to kick the ball more strongly and impart a lot of speed on your ball; generally a roll spike may be the fastest way to spike the ball. Whilst the sunback is synonymous with Malaysia, the roll surge is very much Thailand’s style on the net.

The move spike offers:

  • Power!
  • Arguably the style that offers the most height whenever spiking, and height is useful intended for going over blocks.
  • The fluid style that, when mastered, exerts less load on knee and shoulder joints on landing.

So the million dollar question is – any better than the other?

On the face of it, many players think the roll spike may be the more desirable skill due to its overall look and greater power. But in all honesty, it’s not all about power, and what great is the visual appeal if you’re losing factors? Sunback spikes very much have their place in sepaktakraw; they’re still common place in international competition because they still win points! The ability to place the ball delicately with a sunback offers a different playing style to the raw power from the roll spike. The fact that the two spiking styles are competitive against one another makes for a wonderful dynamic on the sepaktakraw court, and until one of these skills is shown to truly be exceptional – this million dollar question will continue to be posed!

Khairol inverted in a roll spike

Khairol inverted in the roll spike

Ideally a player would be proficient in each spikes, which would make them a force to be reckoned with on the sepaktakraw court. Take a look at Malaysia’s Khairul Zaman who, at ISTAF SuperSeries Myanmar, was doing all kinds of damage on the net by utilising both the sunback and the roll spike. A spiker who is capable of adapting to all circumstances and mixing and matching their particular spiking style to best thwart their opponent at the net – that’s the future of sepaktakraw!

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If you’ve spent some time watching or playing sepaktakraw you will have seen the 2 most common spiking styles – the sunback spike and the roll surge. The two styles offer their own advantages and nuances, and the best spikers will be able to execute both even if they prefer to use one exclusively. Let us take a quick look at these two high-flying techniques!

The particular Sunback Spike

You might recognise the sunback surge by another name such as the scissor kick or the backstroke, but whatever you call it; it’s the spike in which the kicking leg sweeps straight up the body and over the shoulder on the same aspect as the kicking leg. E. gary the gadget guy. The right leg kicks the ball over the right shoulder.

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Afif Safaiee of Singapore sunback spiking against Malaysia at the ISTAF Super Series ’14 in Myanmar

The sunback is certainly synonymous with Malaysia’s spikers and playing style, although in recent years we’ve seen big sunback spikes through Korea with players such as I am An Soo mastering the skill.

The sunback offers:

  • The spiker the ability to more easily vary the speed from the ball and place the ball on different depths in the court.
  • For many players, the ease of changing direction of the spike and thus ability to turn the ball towards either sideline,
  • Ease of studying; it’s much easier to get started with sunbacks so that as you progress with flexibility and technique it only gets increasingly more effective!

The Roll Spike

The roll spike is certainly arguably the more spectacular of the 2 styles, it’s the spike most often shown in highlight reels in which the spiker jumps into the air and their kicking foot crosses more than their body to contact the ball because they rotate or somersault through the surroundings.

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Pornchai Kaokaew of Thailand executing a high flying roll surge

The move spike is a fearsome spike as the rotation of the body allows the spiker to kick the ball more powerfully and impart plenty of speed on the ball; generally a move spike is the fastest way to surge the ball. Whilst the sunback is synonymous with Malaysia, the roll spike is very much Thailand’s style at the net.

The roll spike offers:

  • Power!
  • Arguably the style that offers the most height when spiking, and height is useful for going over blocks.
  • A fluid style that will, when mastered, exerts less weight on elbow and shoulder important joints on landing.

So the million dollar question is certainly – is one better than the other?

On the face of it, many players think the move spike is the more desirable skill due to its visual appeal and greater power. But truth be told, it’s not all about power, and what good is the visual appeal if you’re losing points? Sunback spikes very much have their place in sepaktakraw; they’re still common place in international competition simply because they still win points! The ability to place the ball delicately with a sunback provides a different playing style to the organic power of the roll spike. The truth that the two spiking styles are aggressive against each other makes for a wonderful dynamic on the sepaktakraw court, and until one of these skills is shown to truly be superior – this million dollar question will continue to be posed!

Khairol inverted in a roll spike

Khairol inverted in a roll spike

Ideally a player will be proficient in both spikes, which would make them a force to be reckoned along with on the sepaktakraw court. Take a look at Malaysia’s Khairul Zaman who, at ISTAF SuperSeries Myanmar, was doing all sorts of damage at the net by utilising both the sunback and the roll surge. A spiker who is capable of adapting to all conditions and mixing and matching their spiking style to best thwart their opponent on the net – that’s the future of sepaktakraw!

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