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Kick Serve!?

Can someone explain to me, very simply , the most effective way to hit a kick serve? I mean with a lot of kick. thanks

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Re: Kick Serve!?

Toss the ball so that if you didn't hit it, it would come down slightly behind and to the left of where your head would be at the time you would swing.
Bend your knees, arch your back, and turn your shoulders so that your back is almost facing the net.
Plan to meet the ball 6-12" lower and with less of a forward lean than you would your fully extended power serve.
Swing so that you brush up the back of the ball from 7:00 to 1:00 (upward and left-to-right). Your follow-through will first go toward your right, then, for most players, naturally come around to your left.
Aim high: the ball should clear the net by at least two, preferably three or more feet.
If you have trouble, these tips might help:
Try choking up on your racquet, using the same grip. Move close to the net and concentrate just on hitting up and over with the correct spin.
If, while your grip is still choked-up, you can't get the left-to-right brush on the ball, try following through past your right side so that the racquet head ends up behind your back. (Don't try this holding the racquet at full length.)
To increase the height and depth of your serve, meet the ball slightly farther back.
If you continue to have trouble getting the ball to fly well above the net, take a bunch of balls outside the court, stand roughly 20 feet from the fence, and try to hit twist serves over the fence.
To generate more spin, rotate your grip more toward the Eastern backhand and increase your swing speed.
If you're getting plenty of topspin, but not much twist, swing more left-to-right.
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Re: Kick Serve!?

i got it off a website... if ur not sure watch some videos of sam stosur and alicia molik... they have really effective kickserves
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thank you
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Re: Kick Serve!?

hmm...I don't have the best kick serve but I know the concept. Basically you toss the ball a little more over your head, like right above your forehead, and make sure you brush up on the ball instead of pronating your hand, which makes the ball flat. When you brush up on the ball make sure you stay sideways and stay turned throughout the serve. And, also when you brush up on the ball, go from like 6 o'clock to 1 o'clock. My coach told me to think of it as trying to stick your racquet in the ceiling.

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Re: Kick Serve!?

what nescessarily does "brush" mean?
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Re: Kick Serve!?

like come from left 2 right not necisarily down and btw did u get me e-mail how do u like the pics?
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Oh okay. I was just about to thank you but I will do it now. Thank you very much for the pics! I wish i could post them.. How do you do that?
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lol i hav no clue thats y i sent them 2 u lol
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oh geez.. well I will send them to dreamgoddess and maybe she can, unless you did that already
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Re: Kick Serve!?

By brushing, they kind of mean slicing on the ball. Don't hit it with the full face of the racket. Kick is just upspin.

For a simple explaination, toss the ball behind your head a little, and slice up on the ball. It feels really uncomfortable when you first try it, but if you stick with it for a while, it'll feel more natural eventually.

If you have a coach, it'd be best to get them to demonstrate what's needed.

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imagine peeling an orange with your racquet is an analogy that i've heard quite a few times.
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so much tennis ignorance in these forums....
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Re: Kick Serve!?

This is probably the most difficult serve to learn believe it or not. Much easier to slice or hit flat serves. I still have trouble with kick serves, so I usually avoid them...but it's such an effective serve because it's not easy for an opponent to read plus it can really jump off the ground if hit correctly.

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Re: Kick Serve!?

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so much tennis ignorance in these forums....
What, you think everyone who follows tennis actually plays it or? Most of the posters here are like 14-15 years old anyway... And you can play and not have coaching, so not necessarily know how to hit all the shots...

and so are you gonna explain the kick serve then? Seeing as with your post you are making out that you are SO knowledgable about everything that is tennis...

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