There is a simple adjustment you can make to hit better slice serves.

Want to know how do do it?

Try pointing your front foot a bit more so that your body faces the net a little more. This will allow you you slice around the ball easier and keep your hips from blocking you when you want to slice.

Don’t worry about your opponents seeing you change your stance. Most likely, they won’t even notice. The focus should be on getting your to hit the slice serve better before you worry as much about disguise.

Check out this video for a detailed demonstration, so you can go try it out on the court.

Got any questions, comments, and/or suggestions? Leave a comment down below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer.

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23 Comments

  1. Noushin

    Many thanks for sharing your experience!

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    • Tom Wertz

      Enjoyed this tip, but would like additional info. What grip are you using? Do you modify your grip for different serves?

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      • info.ricabanto

        Hi Tom, a version of the continental grip. I can modify the grip depending on the serve I want to hit, yes.

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  2. bob

    Hi Jeff great tip but the foot work be on both sides of the court ?
    look forward to your reply
    bob

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Bob, You can use this footwork on both sides but for a righty, it might work better in the deuce court of rite wide slice.

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  3. pete

    As usual – good tios easy to apply right away

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Thank you, Pete!

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  4. B. Fay

    Great watching you playing Damon at DTC on Thurs using this same slice serve tip

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      B. Thanks! I actually didn’t use it this day. I was focusing more on the topspin serve.

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  5. Del

    Hi Jeff,

    What if you bring your feet together as part of your service motion? Just more difficult to execute?

    Thanks,

    Del

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Del, It’s style but you can still point the front foot.

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  6. HARRY H.REDD

    Enjoyed the tip. However,where do I toss the ball?

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  7. Jerry Dustrud

    Is the motion for a slice a hand/wrist pronation ?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Jerry, I never think of pronation. I feel my hand carve around the ball.

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  8. Chris

    What if you hit a pronated slice instead?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Chris, I never think about pronation but I think a little point of the front foot can help all slice serves.

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  9. Georgiy Dashkevich

    Jeff! A great tip of practical value. I take it for granted to make my students start their serve with a better stance… Thanks a lot for Your video lessons! Georgiy

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Georgiy, Yes the stance is huge!

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  10. Himanshu

    Any comments on body alignment while swinging racquet ?

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  11. cheryl

    Love most of your stuff and thanks for taking the time. I saw a video similar to what you do and that instructor said do not open the hips for a slice serve. Obviously a little different, what do you say?

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    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Cheryl, I really don’t focus the hips on the serve os not exactly sure how to answer that.

      Reply

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