Learning the Different Types of Serve

In my last post, we took a look at the timing behind your serve. I spoke all about how the entire movement is a carefully balanced mechanism, and that it takes arduous hours of practice to fully understand your natural rhythm.

Today I want to continue talking about your tennis serve. Today I plan on discussing the different types of serve that are out there.

Tennis would be far too simple of a game if there was but one way of serving the ball. It would make it simpler, that much is for sure, but it would make the game that much more predictable. I mean, sure, amateur tennis players like you and me, will probably be happy to hit a good serve and get the game going, but did you know that there are 4 different types of serve you can hit when playing tennis?

Man serving a tennis ball

Knowing the Flat Serve

The flat serve is the most common of all tennis serves, and between you and me, it is the one that we should learn first. It involves no spin and no fancy flicks of the wrist. It is a shot that is about flat out power. Placement of course plays a big role in the serve, because you want to get the ball moving as fast as possible into a tight spot, to really make your opponent work. For amateur players like us, however, a good hard serve will always be a great weapon to have in our arsenal.

Roger Federer Serving

Give Your Serve a Real Kick

If you are a little more confident in your abilities and in control of your tennis serve, you could look to start learning about the kick serve. Statistically this is the best choice second serve among the pro ranks.

Its combination of top spin and side spin along with the aggressive swing and high racket head speed make it a dangerous serve to have in your skill set.

The serve is one that, as its name suggests gives a real kick off the bounce. Picking up speed and leaving your opponents swinging at air.

The combination of techniques used can make it a much harder serve for amateur tennis players than the flat serve, but that actually serves to heighten its effectiveness.

 Female Tennis Serve

Putting a Spin on Things

The topspin serve is the ultimate rescue tennis serve. If you are struggling to keep your first or your second serve in play, and find yourself getting frustrated with the game, pull out a good topspin serve and regain the control you had lost.

You might not hit many aces with a topspin serve, but your percentages will go up and you will gain more confidence than any ace could give you.

A topspin tennis serve is a controlled and accurate weapon. It lacks the power of a flat serve, but makes up for it by giving you a heightened feeling of control and placement.

The key way to ensure your topspin tennis serve gets the maximum impact is to make sure you do not bend forward at your waist when making contact with the ball.

Enjoying a Slice or Two Never Hurt Anybody

A good slice tennis serve is the best weapon you can own. It is not for the faint hearted, the low height of the serve takes it close to the net, as a result of the lack of topspin on the ball, but when executed correctly, it can push your opponent out of the court in search of a return, leaving you with the whole court to play with on your own return.

A good ace serve, the slice tennis serve is best deployed when you are playing an opponent with a weak forehand return. It will put you in control of the point from the start and make short work of your opponents.

 Tennis Serve beneath a blue sky

Mixing it Up for the Best Result

As amateur tennis players, I understand using all of the serves mentioned above is not really possible, but you should look to learn the basics of them, because they truly are the most important short in your game, and can see you climbing the experience ranks in no time.

You may not have the ambition of Center Court and Wimbledon, but a few trophies and mementos sure don’t clutter the shelves at all.


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