This Tennis Serve Fundamental Is Critical To Improve Your Serve Consistency

Hi coach Tom Avery here. One of my subscribers posted a comment saying Tom. What do you mean about Point number four and point number number four was all about aiming higher on the second serve on the kick serve. So he's Spanish. So it's apunta mas alto, aim higher. Now you notice, i have some Xs on the back fence.

It's there a probably  up about 6- 7 feet, so I want you to aim there when you're hitting this topspin serve. Now, first of all, you have to have a continental grip or an Eastern backhand. Continental or Eastern backhand. Continental's going to be here where the index knuckle and the palm of the hand are on number two.

That's Continental or Eastern backhand where you move them to number one. Either you're going to be on two or one. Okay. So once you have the grip, you've got the Continental grip or the Eastern backhand. You don't want to toss the ball too high. If the ball is tossed too high the racket will not be rising into the ball.

Okay, if the ball is way up there the rackets all played out and you cannot impart the spin, so don't toss the ball too high just to the peak of your reach slightly over your head so you can get a good angle as you're coming up to get the topspin. And I want you to visualize.the ball's leaving your strings ascending there.

I want you to visualize when you brush when you brush up. The ball is ascending off of your strings. Now, this is not necessarily what happens, but I want you to visualize that okay, so I want you to think of the ball ascending off your strings. Now to start it off. I want you to swing in slow motion. Okay about 25% of your normal speed or 50% and I want you to aim very high over the net.

Okay,, so I'm aiming very high there. I'm looking at the axes and I'm swinging very slow and just going up you can see how that ball kicks up there.

Okay, this is a good way to get the feel for it by swinging slow and aiming very high over the net looking at those X's.

So I don't worry about hitting long. You want the ball to be clearing the net by four or five feet. So if you hit long, that's okay.

Swing slow Aim High.

Okay, after you've done that for five or ten minutes and you're starting to get that nice arc on your serve, then you're going to go full speed you're going to swing as fast as you do on your first serve.

Okay, let's take a look in slow motion as the hands drop the weight goes to the rear foot.  And now is the hands come up the weight will go to both feet platform position right there now right now. I'm thinking. Notice the Ball Toss is over the head and I'm just thinking straight up. I'm swinging straight up almost and the racket was Rising there.

Look at the net clearance here. It's not quite at the net but look at how high the ball is goes over the net probably about 4 feet at least maybe five.  And I get a decent kick not like I used to but not bad. Okay. Now even though you're swinging just as fast or faster than your first serve the ball will have less speed.

You're not compressing the ball as much you're putting more energy into the brushing and spin. Okay, another look in slow motion. The hands come back weight goes to the rear foot. Now is the hands come up I'm going to go to that platform position when the knees Bend right there. Now. I'm pushing up swinging vertical.

The racket is on edge right there. The racket is rising. The ball is dropping slightly so I can get that bracket Rising on the ball that's going to give me Spin and I'm thinking. Again, look at the net clearance that ball bear is close to going over the net right there. It's about 4 or 5 feet at least over the net again decent kick.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that video, please subscribe to the channel. Give us a thumbs up and share it with your friends. Remember the key to a second. Serve a Top Spin kick serve is going to be aiming higher relying on the spin to pull the ball down quicker toss the ball lower. So your racket is still Rising that's going to be key as well.

All the best guys.
Have a great one.

Tom Avery
Tom Avery

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    2 replies to "How To Improve Your Topspin Kick Serve"

    • Don Faber

      Tom: Excellent! I finally realized what you meant by aiming higher over the net.
      just started to practice – feel very confident.

      • Tom Avery

        Hi Don,
        That’s great… glad it’s coming together for you!
        To your tennis success,

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