Tennis serves are an essential part of winning free points


A good server is not one who serves as hard as possible. They are also players who vary their serves and hide their intentions.

So how do you achieve a good throw, so you can find all the angles and all sorts of spin?

That's what we'll talk about in these tips. Come, let's go serve!

First of all, let's analyse the 3 types of throws out there that most players use:

• throw to the right of your body: used for slice serves, at the body or at 0-15.
• straight up toss, slightly to the right: perfect for flat serves.
• toss slightly behind you: used for the kick serve, and generally for second serves.

Those are the 3 throws that represent all the serve possibilities.

However, these 3 types of throws are fairly visible, and if your serve isn't perfect, it can turn into an offensive ball for your opponent.
If what you want is to cover your tracks when you serve, you'll need to go for a neutral toss, a bit like the throw for a flat serve.

It's the throw that will let you do anything. Of course, you'll need to compensate for this neutral throw with good technique, a much greater push with the legs, and a more violent shoulder rotation.

For a slice, for example, with a neutral throw you'll need to hit your ball much higher with a powerful push through the legs.
That way, you'll open up a much greater outer slice angle. Your shoulders will also need to move strongly along with the motion in order to provide rotation to the ball.
During a slice with a right toss, it's mostly your arm that provides rotation. So you'll need to compensate here by rotating your shoulders.
Your wrist plays a role too - you'll need to put in a greater effort towards the inside to put spin on the ball.

Doing a neutral throw isn't complicated, the hard part is to compensate for your throw with a flawless technique.
Feel free to train in the different parts of your throw, and to hide your serves more and more using a neutral throw.

Your turn to play!