Tennis Serve: Best Slice Serve Toss Tip
Should you have one toss on all your serves? More specifically when you’re hitting a slice serve. Should you keep the same toss as you do for a flat or kick serve?
Well, I’m going to explain my perspective on the matter today and give you some ideas that you can take with you on the court. I’ve listened to a lot of coaches out there who think that you’ve got to be able to hit your serve off one toss. I agree up to a certain extent. If you’re a really high-level player, it does benefit you to hit all of your serves from the same toss.
Now with the kick serve, it changes a little bit because you’re going to toss it over your head more. Therefore, there is a simple difference between the kick and slice serve. I get it, a little different than the flat or slice serve, but generally the rule of thumb is to have the same toss. However, I don’t necessarily agree with this concept, and here’s why.
I feel like many players struggle being able to hit all the different types of serves from the same toss. Unless you’re Roger Federer or a top pro who can. They’ve trained countless hours to develop the skill to do this. Let me tell you, you’ll serve better if you use different tosses and there is a workaround. You may be wondering that if you change your serve toss to hit a slice, flat, or kick serve, you’re going to give away all your disguise.
You’re gonna have a lot of fun playing tennis and you’re probably going to win more matches. If you get so caught up in the disguise element and less on the execution you’ll struggle.
So, let’s get into it.
Slice Serve Toss
I’m a big proponent of tossing the ball a little bit more to the side, in order to get the amount of slice that you want. Toss it more to the side and get into the sidewinder action. If you practice this over and over, you’ll start serving aces and stretching your opponents out of the court.
You’ve got the slice serve toss out to the side to go wide, do that two or three times. Next, keep the same toss and go down the T. Then, you can follow this pattern to go right into the body. You can mix it up throughout a match, and this strategy will surely frustrate your opponents.
Now, you’ve a toss to the side, and a toss for your first serve. Yes, you’ve two got different tosses. But, you can hit to multiple locations and that’s where the disguise comes in. I used to throw up different tosses when I played to try to keep my opponent off guard. Well, you can do that too! Give it a try the next time you’re on the court.
The next step in the journey is to find out how to avoid making a common mistake on your slice serve. Hence, you can easily fix and start to generate effortless power on it.
By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution
Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high-performance coach committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.
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