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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: some serve placement issues im having
Where you describe your serve landing may be as good as you are going to get on the ad side.
The slice out wide for a right hander on the ad side is not a natural serve (occasionally you get a few players who do it well, but it is not a go to serve). For a lefty it is, with most lefties routinely using that delivery on big points with ease.
You may need to alter your target to mid way up the service box side line....this will pull your opponent slightly wider for the return.
Many right handers, myself included, prefer the flat or slightly sliced serve, that lands mid way or 3/4 up the service box side line.
Check out Osaka on the ad side. She has a great flat delivery that lands mid way or 3/4 the way up the box side line. Effective.
I find the most effective serve on the ad side (for a right hander) is slice at the body, cutting the angle off for most returners, if you get it right.
A kicker at the body is also a good option on the ad side. If you are able to serve with kick, you can get a wide kicker working as well, it bounces high and continues to move wide and is tough to control.
Hard and flat, even right into the corner on that side can go directly into the strike zone of a player with a good backhand, so I tend to target shorter up the box and at least it makes the returner move a few steps.
Last edited by bionic71; Oct 11th, 2019 at 11:29 AM.