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Serve

The consistent serve can be difficult to maintain; however, it is helpful to key on a few basic points.
 
Let your body do the job and concentrate on these simple keys:
ball toss

Objective: Develop a consistent toss and learn the slice.

Carving the outside edge of the ball will help you hit a slice serve that drags you opponent wide of the court.

Grip:
Continental, you should be able to bounce the ball with the edge of your racket.

Stance:
Stand sideways to the net with your feet comfortably apart and your weight on the back foot. You should be able to draw a diagonal line from the toes of your back foot to the toes of your front foot to the service court. You should hold the racket in front of your body,arms in close, and supported with your free hand. The racket is on edge and pointing to the service box.

serve

Back-swing and toss:
 
When you’re starting out, learning to hit different locations on a regular basis starts with a consistent ball toss. If your toss is regularly in the right spot, you can get away with some idiosyncrasies in your motion. Your first goal should be to keep the toss out in front of your body—just about in line with your hitting shoulder—and make contact at full extension.
 
Down together, up together rhythm. The toss is straight up from your extended left arm. The racket swings down past the right hip and then up behind the back.

point of contact

Point of Contact:

Reach up as far as you can, making contact above your head, slightly in front and to the right.

The Slice Serve:

The primary purpose of the slice serve is to pull the opponent wide or to have the ball jam the opponent. The lower and further to the right one makes the toss, the more effective the slice becomes. Using the example of the clock-face, the racket should "bypass" the ball at 3 o'clock.

The Spin Serve:

The spin serve is really a combination of the slice and the topspin or American twist serve. The stroke can easily be disguised by imparting both over-spin and slice at the same time, the ball can either curve quite wide or kick high enough to present an awkward shot for the receiver. By using the face of the clock, theracket should "bypass" the ball at 1 o'clock

backswing

Once you can control the toss, concentrate on placing the serve. The slice out wide is an effective delivery to add to your game. For a right-handed player this means using that serve in the deuce court (ad side for lefties) and dragging your opponent into the doubles alley. Toss the ball around 1 o’clock (11 o’clock for lefties) and hit the right outside edge to create slice. The spin naturally pulls the ball off the court. If you’re successful with this serve, you’ll have a great one-two punch: go out wide, then hit into the open court. Forcing a beginner to hit on the move will win you many points. Again, this is a setup shot rather than a power serve.

Also, remember that you want to be on the baseline or inside it after your serve to respond to a potentially weak reply. Don’t serve and back up. Once you know that your slice is well-placed, make sure you’re in an offensive position so you can take advantage of it.

move towards the net

 
 
 
 
Don't be idle after the serve
Rush the net!

When serving and volleying, don’t sit back and admire your serve or wait to see if it’s good or not. Rush the net right away!