Throw the perfect toss, hit a solid kick serve and hit a great slice serve with these tips.
© Joe Murphy
By Pat Dougherty
1. The Perfect Toss: Add more pop to your first serve by tossing the ball well into the court. Remember to release the ball at eye level, then launch yourself into the serve. Drill: Toss the ball ‘from thigh to eye.’
2. How to Hit a Kick Serve: If you can hit a topspin serve, a deadly kick serve is easy to master. If you are having trouble generating enough spin, move your grip slightly towards the backhand side. Drill: Add kick to your topspin serve.
3. Slice Serve for Success: In doubles, hitting a slice serve out wide will open up the net player for a put-away volley. Drill: Slice to set up your partner.
Pat Dougherty is a senior coach at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.