Re: Consistent toss/2nd serve?
What kind of 2nd serve are you trying to hit?
I recommend learning a basic topspin 2nd serve.
(Below instruction supposes your service motion and form are correct, and grip is continental)
Ball toss is different for the topspin serve than your first serve. You should toss it above your left shoulder.
That is where it should land if you don't hit the ball.
If your service motion is technically correct, you will rotate your hips away from the net when you weight transfer forward.
This closes your stance. This is the same for all serves.
The difference in a slice or Flat serve and a kick serve is that you open towards the net as you contact the ball for flat/slice serves
while you STAY CLOSED for a kick serve.
Right now, you are in a 'closed' stance, racquet is up, ball is at its apex above your left shoulder.
Swing UP, from south to north of the ball. There is a tendency to try to swing up and back down in an attempt to bring the ball into the court.
Don't do this. Your ball will go long. Swing up, and SPIN the ball. The topspin will bring it back down. If your toss is in front of your left shoulder,
your ball will go into the net. it's actually better for the ball to be behind your left shoulder, like Sam Stosur as you can really kick
the serve that way.
If your stance isn't closed at contact, you aren't in the right position to kick your serve. It can still go in, if you have good hands
and can adjust based on your stance, but from this stance, it is almost impossible to kick to the backhand side. Your ball will go to
the forehand which is usually a rec level players strength and a medium pace high ball to the forehand is not what you want to gift to
I LOVE to hit kick serves and have a VERY good one I can hit deep, close to the line and with good bounce and movement.
A deep kick serve is more difficult to return for rec level players than a flat serve.
Good rec players will move back and block your flat serve or use the pace against you,
but a player needs VERY good timing to be able to be aggressive off a good kick serve.
Against 1 handed BH players, I kick almost exclusively to their backhand. Once they start cheating to the bh, all you need is a decent slice serve
out wide and you'll get an ace or service winner.
Serve is the shot you have the most control over. Go to the practice court with several balls and practice, practice, practice.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by semprelibera : Sep 10th, 2013 at 10:21 PM.